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Wildcat Trail - Monument Valley - 7 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 22 2018
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,492

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 22 2018
Booneman
Run/Jog4.25 Miles 435 AEG
Run/Jog4.25 Miles      38 Mns   6.71 mph
435 ft AEG
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This is a great trail around West Mitten Butte. Its easy to run or hike, and a nice place to stop and stretch out the legs on a road trip into Utah. Not to mention the views are world famous.
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Sep 04 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 79
 Photos 7,431
 Triplogs 2,833

59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.00 Miles 432 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.02 mph
432 ft AEG
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This was the last hike I needed to do to finish all the hikes in the Boots and Burgers book. My daughter Heather got me this book a year or two ago. Enticed me to do a few hikes I might not have done and eat a little more of course. Thanks Heather!
Tom, Rhonda, and I got here about lunchtime so we ate lunch first. One of the books suggestions is the John Wayne burger. I'm in! Good burger with a view. I didn't realize the Motel and little cabins were so close to the Mittens. Touristy but still cool.
After lunch we got our check in out of the way and hit the trail. Cool trail that takes you through the middle of the Mittens,
loops around the west one, and back up. Had no shade but a few clouds were nice. The trail has a fair amount of sand on the first/last part and makes you work a little extra. Fun none the less. While on the hike I heard a buzz I couldn't figure out. When we got on the backside of Mitten there was a group of four that "couldn't read" the no drone sign. They brought it in and put it away when they saw us. We drove the 18 mile valley loop also.
We stayed in one of the tiny cabins for the night. Lucky we have been friends for a long time :lol: . They actually seem pretty well built and were pretty quite. The sunset and sunrise from here were awesome. Breakfast buffet after sunrise and we were off.
We stopped by the Hubbell Trading Post on the way home. Was not as touristy as I thought it would be. A park ranger gave us a tour of the old Hubbell house. Told us lots of interesting stuff and answered all our questions. I really enjoyed seeing the old buildings, furniture, machinery, pictures, and there was quite the basket collection from various Indian tribes. A nice collection of Navajo rugs as well.
Nice little road trip with a couple of good friends! :y:
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Jun 02 2018
Mudhole
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 Routes 27
 Photos 1,661
 Triplogs 20

47 male
 Joined Apr 05 2013
 Peoria, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
Mudhole
Hiking4.32 Miles 415 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles   4 Hrs      1.08 mph
415 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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While headed up to the Navajo National Monument for a same-day hike to see the Keet Seel ruins, we took a road trip the day before to check out Monument Valley. We decided to do a sunset hike on the Wildcat Trail for some evening photography and to enjoy hiking around one of the monuments close to the visitor center. This hike was a real treat, and we spent a good 4 hours taking tons of pictures on this little 4.3 mile lollipop loop.

Highly recommended, but be ready to trudge up and down in some really fine sand.
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"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clean away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir
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Aug 21 2015
Hippy
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 Guides 8
 Routes 4
 Photos 1,834
 Triplogs 643

35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2015
Hippy
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles      55 Mns   3.49 mph
300 ft AEG
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Awe. Its cute.
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May 28 2014
outdoor_lover
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 Guides 7
 Routes 53
 Photos 12,949
 Triplogs 568

58 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2014
outdoor_lover
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Day 6 Part 2: The Hike

After finishing the Scenic Drive, it was time to Hike some of the Valley...The Weather was...interesting...Blowing Sand and the Threat of Rain...This is the only Hike that you can legally do in the Park without a Guide, so I was going for it...

I signed in at the Information Window inside the Visitor's Center (a requirement) and headed out making sure to take a Rain Poncho with...It tried to Rain a couple of times on this Hike, but never got with it enough for me to pull the Poncho out and cover up the Camera...And it was actually good that when I dropped into the Valley, the blowing Sand almost completely subsided, with the Temps being really nice...

I had read some Comments on the Sign-In Sheet and the Guy before me had complained that the Trail was not well marked and he finally turned around...Hmmmm....He must not Hike much... :lol: Between the Trail Lined Rocks, the Cairns and the Painted White Rocks, some with Arrows, I had no Trouble...Even if I didn't have any of those 3 things, the Trail is worn enough to follow just fine...The only Place where the Markers were really helpful was when the Trail would enter, follow and exit a Wash...I actually thought they did a great Job with this Trail...

Basically, this Trail does a Lasso Loop around the West "Mitten", so you get to see it from all Sides...The Mittens, when you look at them from the Overlook, are Left and Right Handed...At one Point in the Hike they are both Right-Handed... :D And there is a long, narrow Gap in the Mitten that I'll bet a lot of people don't ever see...

This was a really nice Hike! Probably made even nicer by the Weather...90+ Degrees with no Shade on a Sunny Day and this would have been a lot warmer....Lots of Views and Scenery and I was the only one out there...Hard to beat all of that... :)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Several Different Types of Shrubs out there Blooming
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Feb 25 2014
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 7,717
 Triplogs 1,893

70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2014
AZLOT69
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Topped off the day with this evening finale.
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Sep 04 2011
cabel
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 Guides 4
 Photos 2,750
 Triplogs 400

56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2011
cabel
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.95 mph
300 ft AEG
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May 26 2011
Jimmers
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67 male
 Joined Apr 19 2005
 Medfield, MA
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2011
Jimmers
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Not so windy today. Actually quite warm and uneventful. However, it was good to escape the crowds and stretch my legs. Walking around these giant monuments did something to my sense of proportion and made me feel very small!
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May 23 2010
PaleoRob
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 Guides 168
 Routes 204
 Photos 5,915
 Triplogs 1,061

40 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, UT
Northeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 23 2010
PaleoRob
Hiking0.50 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
30 ft AEG
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What a windy crazy day. Had a friend visiting from St. George who is moving back to the Midwest in a week, so we decided to have a farewell bash. Unfortunately the wind put the kibosh on most of our plans. Horseshoe Bend? Nope. Spencer Trail? Nope. Hackberry? Nope. Paria? Nope. So we decided to take a drive where we wouldn't be inhaling dust and treading through sand. Where to? Which direction? Should we head to Cameron and Tuba City? Always windy and dusty and sandy. I want to do some hiking, but I don't want to be coughing mud at the end of the trip. Our friend wanted Navajo Tacos and there's a possibility that Monument Valley would be less windy than Tuba, so off down 98 we went. Things were breezy but nothing atrocious as we crossed the Kaibeto and Rainbow plateaus. As we passed the Shonto turnoff, though, things became ominous. A brown haze covered the Klethla valley, and turning onto 163 did nothing to ease our fears. The dirt lowered as we approached Tsegi, and by the time we had emerged from Marsh Pass it was so windy and dusty that we couldn't see Kayenta until we reached the city limits.
Undeterred, we made a pit stop at McDonalds and Wells Fargo, and then hit the road again, thinking of Navajo Tacos at Gouldings. Passing Owl Rock the conditions got even worse. As we drove into Monument Valley, we could barely make out any of the fabled monuments - just dim shapes rising out of the murk. We stopped into Gouldings for our tacos and had a window seat - a view to brown nothingness. After our late lunch, we contemplated just heading home, but instead we were all intrigued by the Mars-esque appearance of the valley so we paid our $5/person and dropped down into the Monument Valley Dust Bowl.
It was spooky and eerie. Red stone rising from brown dust, winds blasting the truck, we peered through windows peppered with flying sand. We made occasional stops, and even ventured out of the truck a couple of times. We were rewarded with sand in the ears, pebbles to the calves, and nearly blew the door off the truck. We wanted to go see North Window, so along the viewpoint trail Sarah and I went. It was calm in the lee of the cliff. As we looked out into the haze, we heard a loud crack! "Oh poo mess" I said, as I turned to face the cliff to see a boulder the size of my torso plummet to the talus directly above us. Several shards of rock flew away from the impact zone, and one grazed my shoulder, but fortunately the main rock stayed put. We immediately determined that we were satisfied with our view and raced back to the truck.
We continued our tour and finally made our way back to the poorly-designed visitor center. After a restroom break, we were back on the road, winding our way through the dust back to Page.
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Jun 26 2008
rally_toad
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 Guides 22
 Routes 4
 Photos 512
 Triplogs 444

30 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Wildcat Trail - Monument ValleyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2008
rally_toad
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Stopped in Monument Valley on the way to Moab. Did the loop drive and then this gem of a trail. We were the only ones on this trail. The scenery of Monument Valley is amazing.
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May 24 1992
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,311
 Triplogs 1,145

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Day 2: N AZ S Utah, AZ 
Day 2: N AZ S Utah, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 1992
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Day 2 of our trip:
Holbrook :next: Hubell :next: Canyon de Chelly :next: Monument Valley :next: Blanding
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