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Walk from West to East Monument Entrances - Lizard Canyon - Segment 1 of 4


Walk from West to East Monument Entrances

2nd Annual foot tour of the North Face of CO Natl Monument

 Lizard Canyon to Wedding Canyon to a finish at Monument Canyon parking lot.- Segment 1 of 4

This is the 2nd April in a row that most of the Tuesday nights will be devoted to walking from West to East entrances to CO Natl Monument.

Come along this evening for #1 then join in on as many more as you can over the coming weeks. Think about telling people at work, or your family "I walked the whole face of the Monument". Not too many people will be able to say that, I bet. Last year there may have been 2 or 3 of us who walked all 4 segments.

This hike will be very brisk paced, there is no turning around and there is no place to just say 'oh go on and leave me, I'll be fine'.

I expect these 4 Tuesdays to be some of the stiffest paced hiking I do all Spring. So, if you are FIT and have a high sense of adventure (and fresh batteries in your headlamp), join us this evening and all the way across the traverse this month.

I expect to be mostly on trails but I cannot guarentee that. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not confident of having better than average stamina and willingness to 'keep up'. We will not be running; but, it will not be a Monument Canyon stroll either. If you have any questions about whether this hike is for you, please call me.


We will meet at Monument Canyon parking lot at 5:45 to set up our car shuttle. If you cannot make it until 6 PM (pls try to make 5:45), please call me to let us know to not wait for you at Monument Canyon. You will instead, meet us at the CO Hwy 340 - Monument east entrance road. Meet in the 1st parking lot right at Hwy 340, not the lot closer to the entrance station.

We plan to leave this parking lot AT 6 PM for the .4 mile drive to our 'trailhead'.

Here is a MAP link.


  • Strudy shoes or light boots  
  • Trekking poles (if you like them)
  • Dress in layers so you can adjust body temperature. When the sun dips behind the cliffs then sets, it get chilly very quickly, especially when (like me) you are soaked with sweat)
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves (leather or similar since we'll be going down a steep loose area to start and rocks, gravel, cactus spines can all do lots of damage and inflict lots of pain)
  • Headlamp (based on last year's walk with a small group of very strong hikers, we WILL finish this leg after dark) walking down the Monument Canyon trail with no moon, only GJ city glowing at us. 
  • Sandals or flip-flops (to get those hiking shoes off) and dry shirt in the car.
  • Extra water in the car to rehydrate after the hike


Unless you have a National Parks pass it may be $10 per car. We will carpool to cut down on this cost and I do have a pass.


Sorry but NO since, even though a very remote part of the Monument, we will be in the Monument.


You may only RSVP for yourself on this and each of the 4 of 4 hike series. We need to definitively know who is going.


Doug Van Etten   [masked]


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  • Wes

    I was prepared for fast paced, but holy cow it is not easy to keep up with this group. What a great evening with hiking scrambling and a little climbing thrown in, not to mention the great scenery all around you. Can't wait for week two.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent adventure! Thanks to the GJ crew who were a fun group to get out and do things with while I was here! I will see you down the road...perhaps in a canyon or other outdoor venue.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Ralph

    The first of the always adventurous off-the-beaten-path Tuesday night hikes in and around the Monument.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved climbing up and down the rocks, and I have a new appreciation for the Monument after climbing in and out of the canyon to avoid the "wet" spots. :) A fun group to hike with!! Looking forward to next week already.

    April 24, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Well it was billed as FAAT PACED and you guys held me to it. Right out of the chute it was 'keep moving or bye bye bye'. We sort of split in to the fast & faster groups but all kept reasonably within contact, even if it was because the rabbit group got themselves box canyoned and had to backtrack, more than once. Thanks for knowing your way around, Ralph, once we hit the black rock bottom of Monument Canyon. This was truly an 'adventure' and I want to thank all who attended and let you know that I hope you'll all be there next time (except Salt Lake Beth, going home after working 2 weeks in GJ and becoming a WSA member for just this short time). Next week will have a lot more trails but it will include a trail most will not have been on before and the very special Gold Star Black Canyon exit.

    April 23, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Holy cow, this was an excellent hike. Full of really cool, fast moving people, interesting off trail terrain and plenty of micro-trauma. For those that haven't been on part one and are going on part deux, be prepared for the posibility of rock scrapes, mud bathing, cactus spines scratches and plenty of off-trail, fast-moving awesomeness.

    April 23, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Magnificent. Fast paced, rock hopping, sliding into a mud puddle (me) and getting in just at dark. Definitely a "keep your feet moving and your wits about you" kind of hike. Glorious.

    April 23, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    This hike IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. This will be VERY FAST PACED and WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WAIT FOR YOU TO AMBLE at YOUR OWN CHOSEN PACE. In order to cover the distance and see the countryside we will need to travel at a BRISK, STEADY PACE. Please do not even consider this hike if you have not done Liberty Cap &/or Mt Garfield, comfortably.

    April 6, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I will put fresh batteries in my headlamp and will be bringing my trekking poles and my Ibuprofin.

    March 18, 2013

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