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Monument Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (17)

An awesome trail into Monument Canyon with stunning views.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Point to Point

6,122' 1,866 m

High

4,731' 1,442 m

Low

1,535' 468 m

Up

145' 44 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the fence for the east entrance to Monument Canyon. Begin to climb and follow the trail as it climbs steadily 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 trail and Wedding Canyon Trail. Continue on to the left and there are rollers for the next few miles as the trail will twist and turns working its way around smaller little canyons working its way up to Rimrock Dr. I recommend turning around unless you want more mileage or someone is picking you up at the top.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards are everywhere, could see a jackrabbit and bighorn sheep. Deer can sometimes be seen early in the morning or late evening.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Wolfe

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  4.4 from 17 votes

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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
Kissing Couple as sen from the Monument Canyon Trail
May 5, 2015 near Redlands, CO
The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
The Monument Canyon Trail below the wall.
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Other side of Kissing Couple monolith
May 5, 2015 near Fruita, CO

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Randy Turner
Jun 14, 2020
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Jun 6, 2020
Michelle Roark
Apr 16, 2020
Jeremy Robinson
May 28, 2019
Brandon Bell
Hiked down from the top trailhead to Independence Monument and back. 7mi — 4h 00m
Mar 23, 2019
Chris W
Oct 27, 2018
Kelly Phillips
Jun 10, 2018
Graeme Dunn