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A beautiful hike in Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon.


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7.2

Miles

11.5

KM

Lollipop

5,387' 1,642 m

High

4,687' 1,429 m

Low

961' 293 m

Up

960' 293 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

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Overview

A beautiful hike with a few miles of steeper ascent and descent. It sure is amazing to be right below some cliffs and then come out to a couple of solo spires.

Need to Know

Stay on the trail, following creek-beds usually ends with a ridiculous climb out or a turnaround.

Description

From the parking area, start up Monument Canyon Trail. Follow the trail over one little rise before it continuously climbs for around a mile with variations of rock, technical spots and packed trail. There are several cliffs rising above the trail on your right as you ascend to the spire. There are trail markers when you get to the split between the Monument Canyon Trail and Wedding Canyon Trail.

Continue on to the left over rolling terrain for the next few miles. The trail will twist and turn, working its way around smaller canyons. At about 3.5 miles in, you'll have seen some of the cooler rock formations there are to see, so this is a good place to turn around and head back to the intersection with Wedding Canyon Trail.

The first 0.5 miles features a nice little descent before getting into the very steep stuff for about another mile. This section of trail features some technical and sketchy areas with loose scree or dirt. The trail begins to undulate again as it continues down to the canyon floor and then winds its way out. The rest of the route features rollers and a few small technical spots to climb out and merge back with the Monument Canyon Trail and the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

There are lizards and you might see some deer or bighorn sheep.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Wolfe

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Photos

Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
More beautiful formations with cloud and sun caught during the end of a storm
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Other side of Kissing Couple monolith
May 5, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Independence Monument (left) and the Pipe Organ formation (center right)
Nov 25, 2020 near Fruita, CO
The Island on a beautiful winter's day. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
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Aug 28, 2023
Timothy Main
Jul 4, 2023
Missy Juliette
Jul 1, 2023
Rick Richter
Great hike even in mid-day, recommend starting with Wedding canyon 1st. For a non-maintained trail it was in decent shape. 5mi — 3h 10m
Jul 6, 2022
Destini Bennett
We did the wedding canyon trail to the monument canyon trail back to the trailhead. It was beautiful and we definitely recommend going down the we… 5.2mi — 2h 18m
Jun 27, 2022
Kristelyn Kalchthaler
Mar 17, 2022
Christine Rippe
Mar 20, 2021
Michael Capelle
1000ft — 3h 25m
Mar 9, 2021
Kristian Benton
Took kids on this hike. Started at the Monument Cyn TH, then looped back through Wedding Cyn.5 mile Round trip. Step spots, rocky, 500Ft incline. 5mi — 3h 00m
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