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East Portal Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -27' -8 m
High: 6,532' 1,991 m
Low: 6,512' 1,985 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

A gentle path with a big payout, this route provides excellent views of the canyon wall on the other side of the river.

Mikhaila Redovian

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly This dramatic trail is a must for the whole family, especially those staying at the campground overnight.

Vehicles longer than 22 feet are prohibited on the East Portal Road.

Description

Short and sweet, visitors staying in the East Portal Campground won't want to miss this route. Especially given the terrain in the area, this trail is a bit exceptional in how little the elevation changes as this trail meanders along the Gunnison River.

Starting from the end of the campground, this trail tracks mostly north, following along a relatively gentle stretch of river. From this side of the water, you'll be able to admire the dramatic cliffs on the other side. Take note of the tilted beds and incredible structures, which hint at the geologic processes that shaped the region.

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Sep 4, 2019
Kimberly Wong
Jul 29, 2018
Omar Albayati
Jul 5, 2018
Brian Davis
Hiked with my 5 year old daughter; she did okay but the scrambling scared her a bit. 1mi — 1h 00m
Jul 27, 2017
Blake Higley
1mi
Jul 1, 2016
mike hesh
Great ranger guided short hike — 0h 30m

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#7

in South Rim

#8451

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#7

in South Rim

#779

in Colorado

#8,451

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