From Bryce Canyon N.P., head north on John’s Valley Road for 10 miles, then turn right at the sign for Pine Creek Lake/Powell Point. Drive all the way up the canyon, past the campground, for a total of 11.5 miles. This drive will take you close to an hour to reach the “saddle” of the road, when you get to the top of the canyon. You will need a high clearance cay beyond Pine Lake CG to get to the saddle – this drive includes steep and narrow sections of road. I drive a Dodge Nitro and made it just fine, but slow. Once at the saddle, turn right for the signed Powell Point. If you chose to hike the entire road like us (because of our car and downed trees), you will need to park around here. If you have an ATV or truck, you can drive to the official TH, which is another 5 miles from this split.
Here is a driving map.
4.7 miles one way from the road split
3/4 mile one way from the official TH
Elevation gain: 345 ft
If hiking from the road split, 4-6 hours RT (for 10 miles). If hiking from the official TH, then about 1-2 hours RT depending on how long you stay at the Point.
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Only from the official TH, not the road hike
The last turn off from Pine Canyon Road, with a trailhead sign. From here the “official trailhead” is 5 miles. I was only able to drive another 100 yards before there were large downed trees so I parked there.
What most of the “hike” looks like – dirt road with tall pine trees lining the way. The road wasn’t bad in sections, but other times was worse. I think trucks would drive the whole way as long as there aren’t snow patches or downed trees.
Passing through the one and only meadow. I’m sure later in summer this field is green with small wildflowers.
About 1.5-2 miles from the road split you will see another TH sign on your left – this is an alternate route you could hike to Powell Point, and was in fact, the original trail that John Wesley Powell took for the first ascent to Powell Point with his team of horses.
Keep hiking until you reach the “official trailhead” sign, at the end of the ATV road.
Make your way downhill for a few minutes.
And… boom! Your first view of the side of Powell Point! Wow.
Along the trail there are several areas you can walk out to get a better view.
We took so many photos just along the last 3/4 miles – we couldn’t get over the views!
Arriving at Powell Point, Ashley reads the plaque about the history of this area.
Whoo-hoo! Girls day on the mountain. See the line of red above my hat? That would be Bryce Canyon National Park.
Absolutely loved this trail and point!
Prime photo opportunities on top!
Powell Point as seen from Powell Vista along HWY 12! So cool to think we were on top of that!
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Trail map from the road split
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