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Deadhorse Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

This trail features nice views of Deadhorse Gulch and the East Portal on the Gunnison River, with birding opportunities.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

8,302' 2,530 m

High

7,885' 2,403 m

Low

436' 133 m

Up

187' 57 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views

Family Friendly While the full trip might be a bit too long for younger kids, a shorter out and back trip will include some spectacular views.

Description

To access this trail, park at the Kneeling Camel Overlook and head toward the old Ranger Station by taking a short spur to the east and looking for the trail on your left. The trail, which is actually an old service road, starts here.

After 0.75 miles, the trail heads past a stock pond. This pond is the result of one of a few springs that are located around the rim of the Black Canyon.

At around 1.2 miles from the start, there is an optional extension on the Overlook Loop, that heads to the southwest. This adds ~1.50 miles with two nice overlooks near the canyon edge.

For this trail, continue on for another ~1.2 miles until you arrive at a stock fence. Turn right (south) here and follow the fence for another 0.25 miles until you arrive at the canyon's rim.

Deadhorse Gulch is the vast drainage to the east of the overlook and fence. Directly behind you (north) and slightly above the drainage is Poison Spring Hill which lies on private property.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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in North Rim

#20769

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#6

in North Rim

#1,627

in Colorado

#20,769

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Kneeling Camel overlook
Mar 26, 2020 near Montrose, CO

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May 11, 2021
Tom Mosher
Jun 12, 2020
Meg Sudhoff
Oct 3, 2017
Brian Rishel
Did the out and back trip 5.4mi — 2h 30m