Oak Flat Loop Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Oak Flat Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Montrose, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
311 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
2 days ago

I began this hike early and saw/met no other hikers on it. It is easy to follow, but does have some good steep spots. It has good overlooks of the canyon, too!

hiking
1 month ago

Best approach is to take the right fork if you are coming from the visitor center and come up from the western side of the trail.

Some nice views of the canyon from the trail but they are easy to replicate from Rock Rim Road if you are not up for the hike. But this hike is a good hike if you want to explore below the rim without committing to a full descent into the canyon.

3 months ago

Beautiful views!! Went in March and it was very snowy. But if you stop at the visitor center you can rent yaktrax for free. They helped immensely! The trail does have a few steep inclines that posed a fun challenge with the snow - again have some sort of boot/shoe grip if in winter months. Couldn’t stop smiling during my hike. I will be coming back for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was covered in snow, and we didn’t have the right gear so we couldn’t do the whole loop, but the first half mile was very pretty. Beautiful in the winter!

7 months ago

Trail in good condition. Starts at visitor center. This a loop trail. The right hand entrance at the star of trail is a steeper descent than the left side which uses switchbacks to go down. Trail slippery when wet.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Definitely not flat, but great views of the canyon. Around 3 miles round trip.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Pearl short trail. I combined this trail with uplands and rim rock to make a 3 mile loop trail back to the parking lot at the south rim visitor center where I had started. Crowded, so go early or late. Only took me an hour to do the loop of all three trails. Abundant wildlife and fauna.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Nice hike with some canyon views. Does drop down into the canyon 400 ft. Good hike for the canyon rim

Sunday, June 05, 2016

incredible views

hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We took a right when we came to the fork in the trail. Following the Gunnison Route, or River Access, we climbed down into the canyon to camp over night (make sure to get a permit). This was a very strenuous hike down and there are no trail blazes, only cairns left by previous climbers. The view was amazing and definitely worth the climb, but make sure to be in shape and have some navigation skills before you go!

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Very short but a great view of the canyon! The visor center has great information too.

hiking
Friday, July 25, 2014

Did this last week as part of a wilderness route to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. As noted, it give some great views, as it plunges a few hundred feet before seperating from the Gunnison Route to climb back up. It was worth the exertion in the afternoon to get some great shots of outcrop the visitor center's overlook is on.

hiking
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Took us a little less than an hour to do this. It was hot and it can be strenuous because of the elevation climb on the way back. The trail offers some great views from a little ways down into the canyon.

hiking
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Park Service maintained trail atop of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, some points with views. Gets hot in the summer

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