Summary: The park ranger at the Visitor Center information desk had no idea what we would be getting into. Most of those who descend into the twisted fantasyland beneath the rim opt for destinations such as the Queen's Garden or Wall Street. This trail takes you into a deep mixed evergreen forest filled with ponderosa pines, oaks, and big-toothed maples that turn bright red during the fall.
But don't think you won't get the red rock spires for which Bryce is famous. Following the route counter-clockwise, you are pressed on two sides by pink cliffs. The Under-the-Rim segment of the loop eventually brings you to a saddle where you achieve a splendid view of a cliff reminiscent of a huge theater organ.
The descent is swift, the return gentle. Watch carefully on the return for the cairns along Sheep Creek that will bring you back to the summit's meadows. This trail may not be passable after summer thunderstorms.
Trailhead: From the Park Entrance: Proceed a little over five miles to Swamp Point (on your left) and find a parking space. The trail begins at the northeast corner of the lot. (Lat:37.5877 Lon:-112.21309)
Trail Guides for Swamp Cyn-Sheep Creek Loop, Bryce Cyn NP:
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Bryce Canyon National Park, 435-834-5322
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joel Sax, who has posted 51 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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