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

Walk from East to West Monument Entrances - New Direction this year

3rd Annual Foot Tour of the North Face of CO Natl Monument

Devils Kitchen Picnic Area to Liberty Cap-Wildwood trailhead. This is segment 1 of 4

This is the 3rd April in a row one night each week for 4 weeks (if weather allows) will be devoted to walking from one Monument entrances to the other. After 2 years of going West to East; this year we'll go the other way and see if we can find some new secret nooks or foot travel challenges.

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. Each year there may have been 3 or 4 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 Wednesdays 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 and next.

I expect to be mostly on trails but I cannot guarantee 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. If we have not hiked together previously (or if you are not 'vouched for' by someone whose hiking ability I already know) you MUST call me in order to be included on any of these 4 hikes.


We will meet at Liberty Cap- Wildwood trailhead 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 Liberty Cap-Wildwood trailhead. You will instead, meet us at the Devil's Kitchen Picnic Area parking lot.

We plan to leave Liberty Cap- Wildwood parking lot AT 6 PM for the drive to our starting 'trailhead' at Devils Kitchen Picnic Area.


Sturdy, well broken in shoes or light boots  (no sandals, open toe shoes of any sort of those five-toe semi-shoes)

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)



Small first aid kit (include pliers, etc for cactus spine removal; gauze and tape for mid-size abrasions; Ibuprofin or similar for pain; other assorted stuff of your choice)

Gloves (leather or similar since we'll be humping over rock ribs and outcrops from the start. 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 Liberty Cap 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 re-hydrate 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.

You MUST respond to the hidden questions. Not doing so may be cause to ask you to not plan to participate. We want/ need this information from everyone.


Doug Van Etten   [masked]


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great exercise, not much risk, good speed

    April 24, 2014

  • Wes

    A nice evening for a walk, it was was good to go out on a hike again and see all of you.

    April 24, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    I would call that a pretty FAST PACE - 2 hours from east entrance to Liberty Cap trailhead. Hope everyone had a good time; I sure did. Next week will be on Tuesday the 29th for #2 of 4. Everyone is invited back for more. Next week is 99% on trails.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mary h.

    Fantastic as usual. Breezy and cool but we covered the distance in two hours (5.1 miles) so we were down at dusk.

    April 23, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    The message below is an excerpt from this hike description. PLEASE be sure, before RSVPing for this or any of the 4 of 4 series that you know you can keep the pace and do the scrambling that very likely will be involved.

    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 Wednesdays 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 and next.

    March 18, 2014

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