• Date - 02/24/2009
  • Elevation - 5,900'
  • Route - Liberty Cap Trail
  • Miles - 3.0
  • Elevation Gain - 1,100'
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I was working in Grand Junction, Colorado, and stumbled on this short hike right outside of town in the Colorado National Monument.  It had been exactly two years since I had an assignment in Grand Junction, Colorado, and I generally hike to Mount Garfield.  However, there wasn't enough light in the day to drive out there, hike a couple thousand feet, and get back down with out spending a lot of time in the dark.  Liberty Cap ended up being a reasonable alternative that I enjoyed a lot.

When I reached the trailhead, I was simply planning on hiking and trail running for around an hour.  As it turns out, I had just enough time to reach Liberty Cap and get back down without being in the dark too long.  This is a fun, steep trail that allows you some great scenery and views of the surrounding area.  I was able to round trip the hike in just under an hour.  I liked it so much, I went back two nights later.  I didn't have my camera on either of these two trips, but I brought it the following week and took a few photos.


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