This is a fun hike you can drive to in your car. The last three miles is a dirt road, but it is well traveled.
Brian Head Peak is one of the highest points in Southern Utah. You can get all the way to the top at 11,300 feet and have a 360 degree view of Southern Utah. This place is amazing.
Go north on I-15, past Cedar City, to the town of Parowan. Follow the signs to Brian Head Ski Resort to Parowan Canyon. Do not take this road in the winter unless you are going skiing and have the right kind of vehicle. You will wind your way up a very steep, 13 percent grade, windy road.
Once you pass the resort, you will continue to climb up the mountain, towards Cedar Breaks. You will see a left-hand turn onto a dirt road that says “Brian Head Peak.” Take this road to the top for an incredible view.
If you make it to the junction with a left-hand turn to Panguitch Lake, you missed your turn. While you are up there, you may want to check out Cedar Breaks and some of the surrounding lakes.
You can stay in your vehicle for this trip, or take your mountain bike, hiking shoes, camping gear; or, in the winter, ski or snow tube. This mountain has a little of everything.
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