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Liberty Cap Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 12.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,004 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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From the Wildwood Trailhead on the East side of Colorado National Monument climb the mesa via switchbacks that climb the wall quickly. Beautiful trail offering an impressive vista of Colorado National Monument and Independence Rock in particular. Visitors can use the Wildwood Trailhead on the East side of the park that then connects with Liberty Cap Trail. This access point requires some steep inclines, but once you've made it to the top of the mesa you're rewarded with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views of Grand Junction and mountains to the east. Steep and plenty of sunshine. Limited parking available on weekends in the morning.Indian paintbrush in bloom.

running
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, saw a few brightly colored collared lizards. You can turn this into a loop by adding a 3 mile road walk over to Ute Canyon. Can also hit up Otto’s bath off of liberty cap.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail pretty easily. Not too bad, some spots are tricky. It says 12.9 miles on the app, but it seemed on my Apple Watch to measure 15.3. Overall a solid hike.

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icy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Great hike just snowy at the last 0.5 mile Definitely need boot snow spikes then easily accomplished.

hiking
6 months ago

Meh. I don't understand the high ratings on this one. I did start at the other end so maybe that's why? It's basically a wide dirt road through Pinon pine. Very flat boring trail for the most part. You do get a couple of nice views but you get those everywhere in the monument. Hiking in the canyons is much more rewarding.

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

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no shade
rocky
11 months ago

Good climb to views of the valley. Careful steps climbing and coming down

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

a tree has fallen across the trail about 2/3rds of the way up just fyi!

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

One of my favorites.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

excellent. one of my favorite hikes!

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

Hiked with my son on his 11th birthday. Saw a herd of about 20 Big Horn sheep! One of my favorite hikes, some good scrambling and a scenery elevation gain to keep it interesting.

hiking
Sat Dec 01 2018

One of the most fun trails I've been on so far. Challenging in spots, trail is not always very apparent which is part of the fun. The scenery is amazing. I can't see running this trail for the simple fact that I wouldn't want to miss seeing any of it! But people do run it. Glad I brought trekking poles too. Also saw some big horn sheep on one occasion. Bring binoculars!

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Breathtaking views throughout the hike. Pretty steep in places.

hiking
Sun Oct 07 2018

Loved this hike, it’s a great workout!

hiking
Wed Oct 03 2018

A steady climb most of trail. Found a great view of the Grand Valley. Try to depart trailhead early in the morning to spare yourself the exposure to the heat in the summer months. Make sure you hydrate adequately!! All worth it.

hiking
Fri Sep 07 2018

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Fri Sep 07 2018

Difficult ascending, but absolutely gorgeous when you get up there. Hiking up to black ridge trail takes quite awhile and is serene, especially when flowers are in bloom. One of the most rewarding hikes in the valley.

Fri Jul 13 2018

please note that this review is based on starting from the upper trailhead and hiking down two miles. it is basically an old dirt road converted to a trail and winds through the relatively flat part of the Mesa. there are no views to speak of and if you go to miles, you can see Ute Canyon in the far distance but not awesome and not worth the hike. hiking from the lower trailhead or hiking all the way down from the upper trailhead may afford a better hike.

hiking
Tue May 29 2018

Hiked to Ottos Bathtub from the Rim Rock Dr. Trail Head for Liberty Cap- Super easy trail as its an old road. Made it out to the bathtub but did not climb down in!

Fri May 25 2018

my favorite hike ever!

hiking
Thu Apr 19 2018

It was a great hike (a bit tough as it was my first time) but it had beautiful views and was lucky to see some big horn sheeps/ mountain goats... I would definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

Did this a couple days ago. Started at the upper TH. Very quiet, saw 1 other hiker. Visually stunning (except maybe the first 1.5 miles) especially the last mile to the lower TH. The first 5 miles or so are fairly easy. Able to complete the 13 mile or so round trip in 4 hours. Very exposed! Bring hydration and sunscreen. Trail is easy to follow. I always bring trekking poles but never used them on this trail. Maybe some class 2 depending on experience.

hiking
Tue Feb 13 2018

Hiked this back in Nov-2017 as a very long loop with the Ute Canyon Trail (10.2 miles on the trail, plus 2.9 miles on the road). It was a long mostly flat walk, but great weather and very low people traffic. Felt like I had an entire canyon to myself :)

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