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Wildcat Trail - Monument Valley, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,563 feet
Elevation Gain -402 feet
Accumulated Gain 399 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Author rally_toad
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 5
Photos 512
Trips 461 map ( 2,957 miles )
Age 31 Male Gender
Location CA
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Seasons   Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun  5:21am - 7:32pm
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These mittens are not for wearing
by rally_toad

You drove a long way to see Monument Valley. Now get out of your car! The Wildcat loop trail is the only trail you can take in Monument Valley without a Native American guide. It is a 3.2-mile lasso loop trail that loops around the West Mitten and gives you spectacular views of both East and West Mittens and the rest of Monument Valley. I was surprised to find no one else on this hike. I guess most people just prefer the drive through Monument Valley and don't want to take the extra hour or two to do this wonderful hike. That's fine with me! The fewer people the better!

Start the hike from the parking lot for the primitive campground. From here you descend into Monument Valley. The views of West Mitten from this point are awesome. Along the trail, signs identify the various plant species that are found on the hike. After 10 minutes or less, you will come to the loop portion of the hike. A sign points right for the Wildcat Trail. Turn right and start the loop. To your north will be West Mitten. The views from down here are even better. Eventually, the trail enters a wash and follows it for a while. Before too long cairns and a sign pointing to the trail will point the way out of the wash. Now West Mitten is to the West and East Mitten is to the East. These are the best views of East Mitten. It could be the closest one can get to East Mitten without breaking the law. Before too long you will pass a sign which may be broken, indicating that you have traveled 2 miles. Shortly after this sign, you will follow another wash, once again follow the cairns and the signs and you will be fine. There is a third and final wash crossing as you near the end of the loop portion of the hike. From the end of the loop continue up the hill to the parking lot. This hill should get your heart beating faster and get you huffing and puffing but it's not difficult. Before you know it you're back at the parking lot.

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2008-07-03 rally_toad
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Navajo Recreation Permit $5 per person per day, camping $5 per person per day. Study the Permit Details

    Navajo Nation Reservation
    Navajo Permits & Services

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Kayenta turn left on 163. Follow 163 until you cross the Utah border, shortly after crossing the border you will see a sign pointing to Monument Valley Tribal Park on the right. Turn right and you will cross the state line again. Monument Valley is BARELY in Arizona. You have to pay a per person entrance fee. The Wildcat trailhead is north of the visitors center parking lot. Instead of taking a turn for the scenic loop drive go straight and follow signs for the Wildcat Trail.
    page created by rally_toad on Jul 02 2008 8:39 am
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