Walk from West to East Monument Entrances- Liberty Cap to the end #4

Walk from West to East Monument Entrances

Tonight Liberty Cap trailhead to East Entrance

Segment 4 of 4

The Finale

Come along this evening for section #4 of the 4 part Tuesday evening series. 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.

This hike will be 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 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.


Meet at the East Entrance (wide pull-out near the fee collection station). We will leave some cars here at the end point then drive over to Liberty Cap Ute Canyon trailhead to begin this evening's adventure. Meet at 5:45 PM near the East Monument Entrance fee station.

Let me know in advance if you expect to be a little late and you can meet us at the start of the hike at Liberty Cap trailhead.


  • Strudy shoes or light boots
  • Trekking poles (if you like them)
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Gloves (leather or similar since we'll be going up a steep loose area to start)
  • Headlamp (MUST HAVE for this hike as I expect that we will be walking part of the bench and the trail down after dark).
  • Camera


CO Nat'l Monument parking fees need not affect us this time since we will be parking just outside the gate.


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


Doug Van Etten   [masked]



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  • Doug Van E.

    Fantastic all the way around: people, weather, route/ alternative endings then good grub afterwards. Welcome to Camille who joined us for the 1st time on #4 of 4. Congratulations to Mike, Mary, Ralph and Wes for starting and finishing all 4 hikes in the series. What do you think gang, should we plan to do it again next year?

    May 21, 2013

    • Wes

      I can't think of a reason not to do this again next year, maybe East to West next time.

      May 22, 2013

  • Wes

    That was so much fun we should go back the other direction.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ate my first yucca peddle :) Good time all!

    May 22, 2013

  • Ralph

    The end of the always interesting and fast moving 4 part off-the- beaten-path series across the face of the Monument, with the usual even more-off-the beaten-path alternate routes.

    May 22, 2013

  • Mike W.

    The 4th hike in the "Walk the face of the Monument" series. A decent cardio burn at the beginning as we hiked up Liberty Cap to the Ute Trail / Corkscrew trail junction then east along the roller coaster like Ute Trail back to the East Entrance of the Mounment. One of the longer hikes in this series with great views, fun scrambling, a good fast pace and a nice cooldown dinner at Dos Hombres. Thanks Ralph for hosting this hike !!

    May 21, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Again - an extraordinary view of the monument through a little traveled route. This one had some wicked fun rock scrambles and lots of up close and personal views of the cactus. Some sore folks tonight.

    May 21, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Hey Doug-I need to be on my bike tonight, racing the next two weekends and with all the rain I have not been able to get in the miles. Sorry it's last minute. Have a blast and maybe this will open a spot for someone else who made the other parts

    May 21, 2013

  • Todd H.

    Would have loved to get doing this at the start. Great idea. A LE friend is retiring Tuesday and I want to go to his retirement party.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Hey Doug-
    I'll try again to make this meet up. I will be coming directly from work so I would prefer to meet you at the trail head. Hopefully today is a mellow and uneventful day at work.

    May 14, 2013

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