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Deep, Steep and Narrow Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome intro to black canyon. I love that it's right by the campgrounds and you can go to the visitors center!

Not super challenging but has great views if you explored further!

hiking
10 days ago

Really challenging hike up and down the canyon, but totally worth it! If you're going to do it get a wilderness pass so the park rangers can talk you through it, so you know what to expect. The views were amazing and the river was beautiful. Exploring around the river was awesome, there were a ton of butterflies. Bring plenty of water and make sure you remember the way you took down so you can get back up! Definitely worth it!!!

Wow. Awesome trail. I am a trail lover and have completed some long and tough "difficult" trails. That was a heck of a mile stretch.
Tips:
- props to the previous post on Poison Ivy. I am normally a shorts and t-shirts - went pants and long sleeves. Was happy I did.

- Tough inclines with loose ground. Take your time and scan routes.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice 2 mile loop offering great views of the Gunnison River Gorge. You can add an in and out to the Gunnision River via the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness trail but will need a permit

backpacking
14 days ago

Solid hike very steep coming back up!

great way to end two days in the area... best perspective of the upstream cut and how the river exits towards Delta... bring plenty of water... there was more elevation change than i expected...

The Painted Wall is the pinnacle of this great park.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice and easy-1 hour round trip. Almost stepped on a snake!

Quick hike for an amazing view!

hiking
24 days ago

great hike. part of the north rim of Black Canyon National Park. don't skip exclamation point on your way up to the green mountain summit. we hiked it late in the day on memorial day weekend, so the crowds had mostly left by the time we got there. very peaceful and quiet.

hiking
25 days ago

You need a "inner canyon permit" for this route and the rangers at the visitor center will give you valuable advice. E.g. they explained me the difference between "route" and "trail", the former being rough and unmaintained.

The root itself starts between markers 13 and 14 on the Warner lookout self-guided trail. You can see it by a sign on the left hand side saying "wilderness permit required".
Then it gently goes down to the saddle. From the saddle, the fun begins, unmerciful descend down the canyon. Hiking poles recommended, some places are tricky and recommend using your butt. As a reward, you get amazing views and a sandy beach on the bottom of the deepest point of the canyon. There is also a toilet to relieve all stress accumulated by the steep downhill.
Going up is technically much simpler, although your tights would disagree.
If you in a pretty good shape and an experienced hiker, you can run down in ~1h, and go up in ~2:30h. But would recommend allocating the whole day in any case.

fly fishing
26 days ago