“A historic road turned singletrack through pinyon and juniper along the canyon rims of the Monument.”
— Andrew Walters
Views · Wildlife
Access the trail from the Wildwood trailhead via the Lower Liberty Cap Trail
or drive up Rimrock Drive in Colorado National Monument and park at the upper trailhead.
From the bench just before the summit of the Lower Liberty Cap Trail
follow cairns right as you contour around the right side of the cliff until you come to a weakness. Switchback up the steep climb where you'll top out and continue following the trail as you pass by some old hitching posts. The trail will continue weaving through pinyon and juniper trees with occasional views down to the canyons on either side.
About 3.5 miles from the upper parking lot there is an unmarked junction heading off to the east. The Upper Liberty Cap
trail is obvious to follow, but if you want to take a side trip to check out Otto's Bathtub
take the unofficial trail along the canyon rim and explore. The Upper Liberty Cap
trail continues to gradually climb up the mesa with a few steeper sections on bentonite (muddy if wet) and then meets up with the road where the obvious white cliff band is located.
The trail is very gentle and smooth and can be a great option for an out-and-back hike of any length. You can also continue on hiking by taking the Black Ridge Trail
on the other side of the road from the upper parking lot. The Black Ridge Trail
goes all the way to the Visitor Center.
Flora & Fauna
Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes when it gets hot. Lots of rabbits, quail and coyotes in the area.