Upper Monument Canyon

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Upper Monument Canyon is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Redlands, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,650 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

snow

no dogs

3 months ago

good workout but bring water.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail. Went from the top to just before it drops into the valley and back. The top is a series of switchbacks across a vegetated scree field which then goes to the other side of the canyon and follows through some very creative trail creation taking advantage of the natural rock formation where ever possible. Any constructed area fits in to the natural formations perfectly.
The trail drops rapidly to the canyon floor (hike poles are a great idea). And then it follows more along the side than along the bottom.
About half way down it stops literally following the canyon and instead follows along the left side to allow it move underneath a series of amazing sandstone formations. It is a totally different perspective than looking down from the top - they are gigantic.
The tail is a total mix of steep 'interesting' drops and climbs along with longer stretches of following the sides with moderate ups and downs.
A wide mix of hiking and very dramatic and beautiful. If you are in to photography, you can't go wrong.
I hiked later Feb just after a recent snow. Hiking poles were critical to get down the earlier switchbacks even with 2-3" of snow on them. You don't want to slip here!
This trail truly represents Colorado National Monument.
One extra suggestion, if you are tracking your hike with GPS, keep your phone or device in an upper pocket. The canyons are deep and if you block the GPU signal with your body by using a pants pocket, you can loose the signal and it will look like you flew over some cliffs. Unless you are one with the hawks, don't think so :)

hiking
11 months ago