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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
11 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

Nice trail. It's relatively easy, even past Exclamation Point. The incline is not very challenging up to the summit. The North Rim is certainly less busy than the South Rim. Very few folks on the trail.

Very easy and worthwhile hike. Took about half an hour, which included several stops along the way to either take in the gorgeous views or let my two dogs get in their "necessary" sniffs. Look out points have guardrails, so I could rest easy knowing the puppy couldn't launch herself over the edge. Highly recommend if you've only got a few minutes

hiking
1 month ago

We went right at the fork at the beginning, and because it had rained that day, the steep descent was a little nerve wracking. Wish we had gone left to start. Not a trail if someone has any fear of heights, as the trail is narrow and right on the edge of the canyon/hill many places. We loved it! Fantastic canyon views, as well as an aspen grove right up against the rock wall.

hiking
1 month ago

Warner route is a lot of intense slopes up and down. You should be ready for that. There are a few forks on the way up that can mislead you off the way. Requires some scouting at times. We benefitted from download of the trail. Although it was very exhausting for me towards the end, I am happy that I could do it.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike allows you to get wonderful views of the Black Canyon. An easy walk but wonderful scenery!

1 month ago

The loose rocks make it slow for the distance. It’s not an easy hike. If you’re in good shape, it should take you about 5 hours total. If you’re not in great shape, I wouldn’t recommend it at all...

Nice little loop. It was good to take the left at the loop fork--more of a gradual downhill and a shorter, steep hike back up.

walking
1 month ago

Favorite pull-off point on the south rim

Gorgeous

One of the best overlooks at the canyon.

good hike and great scenery

Short trail, stunning views. Fairly easy with a few steeper spots.

Great ending.

hiking
2 months ago

A good view of the canyon, but I would not consider it the best. The river is a less visible than Dragon or Cedar.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view of the canyon, and an easy trail. The trail is wide and pretty level.

After doing most the pullouts, I would say this is my favorite and had a great view of the canyon and river. Great place for watching the sunset.

A great view of the canyon, though the river is not as visible as others.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice easy trail that provides a more unique view of the canyon. Definitely worth the short stop.

One of the best view points in the park.

fun stuff. beautiful views!

Great hike. Awesome views of both the canyon and the San Juan mountains. Easy hike, finished in about 30 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail renders a beautiful view just insure you are there at sunrise or sunset for the most beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is easy but as with most of the trails get you to unbelievable views of the canyon.

Although we didn't see the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot, we still enjoyed the hike out to Warner Point, which has great views of both the canyon and back towards the towns down the valley. Free informative pamphlets are available at the trailhead that talk about what your seeing along the way, like beautiful pinion pines, animal signs, and of course Black Canyon of the Gunnison. It's a little hilly in some spots, but I was fine just walking the trail in sandals. Be sure to stay hydrated if you go on a summer day!

We saw the sunrise over the canyon. Beautiful scenery at every turn!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail itself was unremarkable, and there are better views of the canyon (Painted Wall, etc.) back towards the visitors center along the main road. BCOTGNP is definitely a views-based park, not a hiking one, but this didn’t feel worth it.

backpacking
3 months ago

We backpacked this route and camped at one of the dispersed sites at the bottom. There are three sites, clean with a nice pit toilet. We left around 8am both mornings. The descent took us 1.5 hours and the ascent took us 2 hours. We had rather large packs on. My boyfriend did the route up and back without a pack and it took him 1 hour total. The trail is not well kept and very very steep. There are chains in some areas but not all of the steep slope. We would recommend leaving as early as possible in the morning to avoid the heat. There are some spots the route is not very clear, but with basic trail finding skills you should be fine. I would not recommend this for families or people not used to steep elevation gain. Be prepared with lots of water.

hiking
3 months ago

It's not a trail for seeing the black canyon. I think it's for seeing the plants. A little steep and I'm tired when going up.

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