Curecanti Creek Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Curecanti Creek Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gunnison, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
941 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

river

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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.

hiking
7 days 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...

14 days ago

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Absolutely amazing

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

hiking
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.

hiking
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)

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Love all the water on this trail. Great hike!

hiking
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