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black Lower Liberty Cap Trail

  4.4 ( 12 ) Favorite


3.3 mile 5.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,103' 336 m
Descent: -1,103' -336 m
High: 5,879' 1,792 m
Low: 4,779' 1,457 m


Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)


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Steep climbing along a Precambrian mesa with a historic scramble to the top of an ancient dune.

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Head out on this out-and-back hike for a condensed Colorado National Monument experience featuring arid prairie, mesa switchbacks, and big-sky views of the surrounding valleys and canyons.


From the Wildwood Trailhead, hike towards the towering red cliffs along smooth, sandy singletrack. When you reach the Corkscrew Trail junction, stay right and climb through the boulder-strewn wash and follow the trail up the backside of the Precambrian mesa.

At the top of the first climb, you'll reach the Ute Canyon Trail junction. Go right up the beautiful red dirt trail until the grade steepens and you pick your way through the seemingly impossible cliff above.

When you top out on the first cliff, you can either continue on the Upper Liberty Cap Trail to reach Rim Rock Drive trailhead or go left to the summit of Liberty Cap (an ancient sand dune).

To get to the top, traverse to the left side of the obvious summit, across a small groove and around the left side where you'll find carved steps and some metal poles that have been anchored in the rock. Scramble up top and enjoy the view across the valley and into Ute Canyon below.

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May 25, 2019
Ryan Costanzo
3.3mi — 2h 30m
Apr 25, 2019
Drew Samuels
Mar 21, 2019
Andy Libberton
Sep 9, 2018
Nick Greb
Sep 6, 2018
Tyler Hincy
Very fun hiking ! Great view of the canyon and the city. 3.3mi
Sep 5, 2018
Tyler Hincy
Very fun trail that gives a nice view of the city and a canyon on the other side. 3.3mi
Jul 23, 2018
Samantha Gotcher
Very clearly marked. The backside canyon view is phenomenal!! 3.4mi
Jun 30, 2018
Tucker Atwood

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