Gunnison Route Trail

HARD 7 reviews

Gunnison Route Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montrose, Colorado that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

hiking
12 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!!!

13 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Whooped my butt.

backpacking
2 months ago

2 months ago

very cool climb down the canyon to the river. Not crowded at all and it's a completely different world down there with black cliff, cactus and poison ivy. make sure to wear long sleeves and long pants!

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

this route is the easiest route to the river from the rim. However, most would find it extremely hard. At one point you have to use a chain to assist in getting down and back up. I did it out and back in one day. If I did it again I would camp at the river and return the next day. Great backpack camp at the river's edge.