The Hat Shop Trail is a down and back trail that begins at Bryce Point. It is not a loop.
This strenuous hike offers long views overlooking the colorful cliffs of the Grand Staircase to the south and a quiet solitude in which to enjoy them. Hikers descend nearly 1500 feet (457 meters) as they travel the first 2 miles (3.2 km) of the much longer 23 mile (37 km) Under-the-Rim backcountry Trail before turning around to climb 2 miles (3.2 km) back. At the turnaround point, balanced-rock hoodoos cluster along the trail's edge. These narrow, orange pinnacles wear "hats" of large grey boulders, giving them a distinct appearance compared to hoodoos seen in the Bryce Amphitheater to the north.
Last updated: January 6, 2021