Explore the most popular hiking trails near Montrose with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days 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
19 days 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
23 days ago

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

23 days 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
26 days ago

Favorite pull-off point on the south rim

Gorgeous

One of the best overlooks at the canyon.

good hike and great scenery

Nice paved path in town

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

Great ending.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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
1 month ago

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

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
2 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
2 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.

Trail head has this marked the Duncan trail. You follow it north until you descend northernly into the bottom of ravine. Go east toward the river. Its easy to get off trail as you start the east descent toward the river.
I found myself having to back track a couple of times because of a couple 25 ft drop offs.
NOTE: If your on trail you don't have to do any repelling.
lots of cactus not recommended for dogs. Bring a water filter and spend a night or two.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This was definitely the hardest hike I have ever done. It didn’t help that we were backpacking in. 2400 feet of the elevation gain/loss occurs in the last mile. Lots of scrambling and climbing. Bring walking sticks for they way down.

The trail is exposed most of the way, and can get very hot in the afternoon. It is hot at the bottom too.

At the bottom, the campsites are somewhat hard to find. There are a few close to the outhouse, and a few to your left when you reach the bottom.

Fishing is not great, unfortunately, so don’t make this hike for the sole purpose of fishing. It isn’t worth it.

Still, I give this hike 4 stars, because it is like another world at the bottom. There are no people there, and you feel completely isolated from the outside world. Two thunderstorms passed while we were camping, and the way the sky lights up and the thunder echoes off the steep canyon walls, you would think you were in London during the blitz.

Great views, easy hike, short and quick.

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