Homestead Trail Run Extension to Summit Loop: 8.3 miles round trip to the Welcome Center
Want some dramatic views from the Northern Point of the rushing river gorge below? An option after running the Summit Loop Trail Run is to add on the Homestead Trail and come out of the park at the Northern Point, where great golden eagle nest viewing can also be had.
After coming back across the bridge from the Summit Loop, look to the left just past the picnic table for a break in the fence line. Get on the Homestead Trail and follow it along the river to the horse ford.
Keep going on the unidentified trail for another .25 miles as it makes its way back to the Homestead Trail.
Then head up the switchbacks of a steep scree trail for a 280 foot elevation gain. You come out at the top of the Northern Point basalt rim that you should stop and check out at the turnaround parking area.
Great views of the Monument area with its giant golden eagle nests can be seen directly from the Point. Walk to the rim to glimpse the sheer drop-off into the Gorge area below.
The view down from the disconnected columns is mind-blowing. From there simply run along the road back for .5 miles to the Welcome Center or wherever you parked.