Liberty Cap Trail

Colorado National Monument, Colorado

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Liberty Cap Trail is a hiking trail in Redlands, Colorado. It is within Colorado National Monument. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 4,775 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,188 feet. The Wildwood Trailhead parking and the Liberty Cap Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There is also an information map. The Liberty Cap rock can be seen along the trail.
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Liberty Cap Trail is a hiking trail in Redlands, Colorado. It is within Colorado National Monument. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 4,775 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,188 feet. The Wildwood Trailhead parking and the Liberty Cap Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There is also an information map. The Liberty Cap rock can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Corkscrew and Ute Canyon Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Colorado National Monument
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 3,188 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,775 feet
Top Elevation: 6,550 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Liberty Cap Trail
Parks: Colorado National Monument
Elevation Min/Max: 4775/6550 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4775/4775 ft
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This hike follows two separate trails that can be combined to form an interesting loop. The first half of the loop will take you through a lush pinion-juniper forest on the top of Monument Mesa to the rim overlooking Grand Valley. The trail then passes by the Liberty Cap, a small dome-shaped sandstone formation, before dropping off the rim to join the Ute Canyon trail below.

The return route winds westward through the bottom of a wide, scenic desert canyon surrounded by high cliffs of Wingate Sandstone. Before beginning the hike you may want to drive to the Ute Canyon Overlook, 1.9 miles south of Ute Canyon Trailhead on the Rimrock Road. This viewpoint offers an outstanding view of Ute Canyon. From there you will be able to see almost all of the last 4 miles of the route your hike will follow.

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May 2018