Lower Liberty Cap Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,103' 336 m
Descent: -1,103' -336 m
High: 5,879' 1,792 m
Low: 4,779' 1,457 m
GradeAvg 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.”— Andrew Walters
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.
Local Club: Mesa Monument Striders
Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument