Located just a half mile southeast of Cedar City the "C trail" is rapidly becoming one of the region's most popular hiking and biking areas. This non-motorized recreational trail was developed on public land in commemoration of Utah's statehood centennial.
The trail covers and elevation change of 2,200 feet and winds 4.2 miles to a large white painted "C" on the mountainside. The overlook affords panoramic views of the region's majestic mountain ranges, sage-studded valleys and quaint, rustic communities below. The trail traverses the Markagunt Plateau, one of many plateaus that form the Colorado Plateau. Expansive views to the West showcase Indian Peak rising to 9,784 feet. The hike offers several benches with view to rest and enjoy the scenery along the way.
The overlook offers pristine views of the West's most colorful sunsets--but remember to take caution and bank enough time into your trip to be able to safely navigate your return route. Most hikers will want to allow for roughly 4 hours of hiking time round-trip.
The "C" Trail was developed on public land in commemoration of Utah's Statehood Centennial "1896-1966". It was constructed in coordination with BLM, Forest Service, Iron County, Cedar City and numerous volunteers, the C-Trail is the first recreational trail developed on BLM land in the Cedar City area and is open to non-motorized uses from hiking, biking, horseback riding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, trail running, wildlife viewing, and much more. The "C" Trail also is part of the deer winter range, so deer sightings are possible along with squirrels, rabbits, snakes, lizards, golden eagles, hawks, and pinyon jays.
The “C” Trail Overlook, located at the top of the trail includes a parking area and viewing area, benches, multiple informational signs, and the large painted “C” on the mountain side. To find the overlook turn East on Center Street in Cedar City heading up Cedar canyon. Travel approximately five miles and turn right (south) toward Kolob Reservoir. Travel up the paved road, climbing in altitude. After you cross a cattle guard turn right before passing over a second cattle guard into the designated “C” Trail Overlook parking area.
The Lower “C” Trail access area includes a parking area, directional and informational signs, and benches. To find the lower “C” Trail travel on Main Street in Cedar City. Turn East onto the 820 South Access Road just south of Big O Tires. Follow this road until you reach 300 East; turn right onto the dirt road. Follow this approximately .3 miles to the parking area. From here you can find the “C” Trail by hiking South on the trail and following the signs to the marked trail base.