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Great exercise and beautiful views

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.

really easy hike if u like the natural place and u take wheel chairs to the hike AND THE VIEW IS REALLY PRETTY

a really nice hike with some good cardio. we started out at 0745 to beat the heat and completed in 3 hrs including stopping for pics. we took the Wedding Canyon trail to the right off the main trail which kept us mostly in the shade until we got to Independence Monument. taking this route gives you a great view of Independence Monument. then, come down the Monument Canyon Trail and back to the trailhead.

the trail is well worn and visible all the way. we even saw a few longhorn sheep climbing g the rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and beautiful views but be cautious on your footing in some areas. Well worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk to the view point. Didn't make it up to the alcove

Nice hike with pretty scenery. Easier to take the loop clockwise; better workout to take the loop counterclockwise.

my favorite hike ever!

I've gone 3 times in the last month. I absolutely love this trail. I hike the wildwood trail to liberty cap. I feel like Sylvester Stallone at the top!!!❤

A nice warm up for more strenuous trails in the Monument.

3 months ago

Always nice to see the big horn.

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

good workout but bring water.

Nice moderate hike into the Monument. Perfect hike to start off the hiking season on.

Great trail! Did this with my 11 year old son and it was awesome! Just challenging enough to make it fun!

Great trail! Well marked and beautiful views!

hiking
5 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
6 months ago

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 :)

Not far from the trailhead the trail spits. We went to the left to start and glad we did. You get the less scenic part out of the way. The uphill part is dusty and would seem a bit slippery if going down that way. The rest of the trail is pretty easy and just beautiful. We saw a small group of mountain goats that was pretty cool.

hiking
7 months ago

It is a nice hike starting from Wildwood TR up to Rim Rock Dr however plan lots of time for the hike. The traveling is rough in spots so I couldn’t go very fast. It is not a hike you want to do in the dark.

hiking
9 months ago

UGH. So I hiked from outside the monument and it was the most torturous 2 miles up to the cap (incredible view but I wanted to die). I knew the next 5ish miles were fairly boring and flat into the monument without a real view so I decided to skip that. I turned around and took the Cork Screw Connector Trail back to the car. But I got SO LOST. The trail disappeared and I literally walked directly out of the monument and ended up at a gas station! Had to walk 2 miles on the road to get back to my car. It was my least favorite hike in the monument that I’ve done.

hiking
9 months ago

5.9 mile round trip was hard climb to the bench trail and the trip down was hard.

Great views of the Valley on the way up and in all directions from the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Hella fun. My 5yo killed it.

hiking
10 months ago

excellent trail. fun ascent. beautiful views. one of my favorites!

walking
11 months ago

This trail is great for those with younger kids. The views aren't the most spectacular you can find, but the trail is well kept and it's great for a family outing.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Seeing the mountain goats was neat.

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