Curecanti Creek Trail

HARD 29 reviews

Curecanti Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gunnison, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

After descending from the high rim of the Upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the trail follows Curecanti Creek as it falls toward Morrow Point Reservoir. The Curecanti Needle, a 700 ft. granite spire, towers above at the trail's end.

23 days ago

Took my two boys 7+9 plus wife down the trail. Took about 55 min to get to creek and waterfall. Very beautiful hike, canyon walls with trees. At the creek is a campsite plus picnic table. Some access to the creek, but not easy bcz of trees/ bushes. The waterfall appears on the canyon wall at the campsite, but it wasn’t running. You can see the wet rocks marking it, but nothing else. Walk back up was about the same amount of time. I would rate the trail as moderate.

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30 days ago

Beautiful hike with a couple short steep spots on way out so worth it

1 month ago

A lot of switchbacks down the trails make the trail a perfect grade. The trails was well maintained and had 2 bridges to cross the creek. Towards the bottom of the trail you were walking next to the creek which had numerous waterfalls. At the end you could see where the creek and river meet up and because of the current from the river up into the stream you could jump in. The canyon wall was stunning the entire way. Took my dad and I just over two hours with a break at the bottom

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Amazing views. Great place to swim at the bottom. Awesome campsites down at the bottom. Wish I had known about it would have been a great place to stay. I clearly don’t do enough cardio, had to stop a few times coming back up. But we did the whole thing in about 2.5 hours including a stop at the bottom. Be sure to go check out the vista...you can look all the way down to the beach you just walked to.

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2 months ago

What an absolutely beautiful hike. I hiked with two Gunnison residents, that find the hike back to the top strenuous, but not too bad. For myself, coming from sea level and not used to strenuous hikes... it was really tough going up. And slow. It took us about 4.5 hours all total which included hanging out with our feet in the lake for a while before heading back up. Bring more water than you think you’ll need. Passed two great camping spots along the trail too, complete with fire pits, picnic tables, and one had a bear box. Very hard and tiring, but gorgeous.

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3 months ago

GF and I did this hike two days ago and absolutely loved it. The Curecanti Creek is running high with runoff right now and was present in all of it's incredible glory. As most have commented, the climb back up is moderately strenuous, but we did it in short time. The map is a little deceptive as the trail leads all the way down to where the creek feeds into the reservoir. This is now one of our favorite hikes.

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7 months ago

Kinda strenuous, but totally worth it.

7 months ago

Beautiful views throughout. Beautiful in the fall time

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10 months ago

Though it's quite a drop, the hike back up actually felt quite gradual. Because of this (and because I'm not super athletic), I'd rate it as moderate. Of course we were hiking in October ~ perhaps the midday sun in summer would make it a different story! Ahh, but it's just about as beautiful as it gets...

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11 months ago

Awesome trail. Creek is very pretty to walk along. At the end you get to a larger lake like body of water with the canyon all around you. Take a swim! The hike back is a nice little workout

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11 months ago

This hike starts off route 92 and travels deep into a beautiful canyon.  The trail runs parallel to a raging waterfall leading to a serene reservoir with the Curecanti Needle in prominent display along the way. While it's definitely steep on the way back up, if you're in reasonable shape this hike is doable.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is a down and back up trail, so conserve energy and water to compete the trail. Vault toilet toward the bottom of the canyon.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Absolutely amazing

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

This is an amazing trail... Drops 900ft so be prepared. Bring lots of water..

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Gorgeous!! Must do!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great trail! Lots of beautiful scenery and not too difficult. Would not recommend this for small children or older people....an older gentleman was injured on some rocks and had to have search and rescue come assist while we were there.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Love this trail! It can be a bit strenuous and rocky in spots. It is very beautiful and strenuous. This is a hike that you do want to be prepared for. (ie a pack with emergency supplies, food, water)

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Love all the water on this trail. Great hike!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

This is one my wife's and my favorite places on earth. It is very peaceful, please help keep it that way. It is restricted occasionally, so please check with the rangers before you take it.
It is an exposed trail and this region gets extremely hot. SO, pack as much water as you think you'll need and then add some more. The trail is well-marked and easily followed. It is slightly difficult in places, nothing too technical, but it is strenuous. It is a dead end trail with a very peaceful picnic area as the pay-off. The canyon is breathtaking and the views are stunning.
Anytime I'm near here I will take the time to do this hike again. I can not stress enough though to be conscious of the heat

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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