Explore the most popular trails in Monument Mountain Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 month ago

We never found the turn to take us to the view. Not well marked.

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scramble
1 month ago

Great hike at a relaxed pace, took about 75 minutes! Lost the trail a couple times, but that led to a great lookout. Definitely recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hard to see the trail with all the fallen leaves, but overall beautiful with a few nice viewpoints.

We did this trail on the back side of monument mountain. The exact one detailed here on route 183. Do not get this confused with hickey, squaw or Indian trails. This is a long trail 3 miles up, 3 miles back down. No views but a great leg workout. The trail is blocked in many places by downed trees from the last storm. Made it an adventure going over, under and around. You should have gps. Trails are not marked and no view at this summit.

Excellent hike. Just the right amount of challenging parts to keep it interesting but doable. Perfect way to enjoy fall foliage.

hiking
3 months ago

This was the perfect hike! Rewarding, a little challenging, and quick! My boyfriend and I did this in about an hour and a half. It was busy/crowded at the top, but the trail didn’t feel packed at all during the climb/descent.

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rocky
3 months ago

Was a nice trail. Get there early, parking in the lot gets tough, there were so many cars, about 40, people had to park in the grass doubled up. I would definitely say this is a heavily trafficked trail. We saw easily 30-40 other groups of hikers, continually had to move over to allow large groups to safely pass in some parts. The trail was groomed nicely however sometimes hard to follow on the Squaw trail (red markers). We did get a tiny bit lost once following the red markers but we quickly figured it out. I will say, don’t start with the Hickey Trail unless you want a steady incline for about 0.8 miles. We started with the Monument Trail (blue blazes) to the Squaw trail (red blazes) then to the Hickey Trail (yellow blazes). Saw some people having a tough time getting up the Hickey trail. I also say start with the monument trail because it follows the road for about 0.5 miles and would have hated to end a hike with all the noise from the road. We didn’t realize until we were done hiking that there is a pay station where you have to pay $5 to park. There were so many cars, it blocked the one and only small sign that says it’s $5. We paid before we left because we felt bad we didn’t pay up front. Hike took an hour and fifty minutes. TONS of dogs, 1 in every 5 dogs were off a leash which doesn’t bother me but just a warning if pups make you nervous near cliff edges. I would do this hike again, views were ok.

not a bad hike. great views at the top.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

What a nice hike. We definitely started off on the Hickey Trail to Squaw Peak Trail and ended on Indian Monument Trail. It was better to get the harder trail over with. Definitely would not have liked coming down Hickey Trail as it steep and rocky in most areas. The trails have been kept up well. Definitely take Squaw Peak to get the views. Definitely would recommend this Trail.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Great afternoon hike with awesome views in 2 directions from the top. We hiked with kids and our dog and everyone enjoyed. We went to the right from the parking lot and had the steeper rockier ascent, and the longer mellower trip down. Nice loop trail.

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rocky
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great trail options for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts! Stunning views if you can make it to the top, and even the “toughest” trails are a breeze for the athletic type.

Beautiful spot on top

hiking
4 months ago

From the parking lot, we chose to start to the right, which is a moderate steep climb. At the inscription rock, we connected to Squaw trail which has a good photo opp on the boulders. From there, it was hard to tell where the trail continued so some people turned back, but we kept on, and it was a very easy (though long) descent. 2 hours total. Mostly wooded, so hard to see the views except for that one spot at the top.

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bugs
4 months ago

It’s a nice trail overall. Doesn’t seem to be well marked at times, but using the map is easy to follow (great advice about the log and cairn). Took about 30 minutes, one way. Extremely buggy along the trail, while the summit was not buggy at all, and very enjoyable. If you’re not running the trail, then I would definitely suggest long sleeves and a hat.

hiking
4 months ago

buggy

hiking
4 months ago

This has to be maybe my new favorite trail. It's easy, quick, clear, and fun with an amazing vista at the top with some cool places to explore and scramble if that's what you want. I could spend all day at the top with a book and a sandwich. It's gorgeous. Makes up for the end of the trail that runs parallel to the road; it's quite noisy there. We went clockwise but maybe I would try counter clockwise so that the noisy path isn't the last thing I remember.

We traveled up the Indian Monument trail, then up Squaw Peak and down Hickey. All of the trails are very well marked and maintained. There's a lot of foot traffic, but plenty of room to step aside or even share the trail with passers by.

hiking
4 months ago

We traveled up the Indian Monument trail, then up Squaw Peak and down Hickey. All of the trails are very well marked and maintained. There's a lot of foot traffic, but plenty of room to step aside or even share the trail with passers by.

Be sure to take in the summit and trail along the ridge (orange to red to blue. Great way to spend a couple hours.

I’d recommend this trail for anyone looking to get outside in nature, solo or with a small group and their dog(s). Watch out for dog poop on the trail. Vigorous and a good way to get your heart beat up. The views are definitely worth it, albeit smoggy today.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little hike with a good view! Very much worth the parking fee because the trail is so clean and well maintained.

Nice fun easy hike I grew up hiking, worth it, wait until it's not crazy though.

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bugs
5 months ago

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bugs
5 months ago

Great hike, don’t leave without checking out the Devil’s pulpit

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