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North Vista Trail

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6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,169' 356 m
Descent: -1,169' -356 m
High: 8,568' 2,612 m
Low: 7,591' 2,314 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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A steady singletrack climb with unbelievable views of the Black Canyon.

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Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

You'll be hard-pressed to find a trail in Colorado with views this good and crowds this low. Even on a Saturday in August, you're not likely to see more than 10 people the entire time. That is unbelievable for the main trail in a National Park, let alone one with views of this caliber. Along the trail, prepare for an expansive look at 2 billion years of history cataloged in the rock record and revealed by the raging waters of the Gunnison River.

Description

This hike begins from the ranger station on the North Rim of the Black Canyon and continues down the trail through sage, oak, juniper, and pinyon before arriving at a series of mind-blowing overlooks. The most significant overlook is the aptly named Exclamation Point, which affords some of the most spectacular views of Black Canyon in the entirety of the park. Don't forget your phone, because you'll want to take pictures.

From there, you'll begin steadily climbing Green Mountain. From Exclamation Point, the vertical gain is around 900' over the course of about 2 miles. Switchbacks help to reduce the grade a bit with a few intermittent stair sections. Upon reaching the top, Green Mountain provides a 360-degree view of the area, including an additional perspective of the canyon.

Summer is one of the best times to experience this hike, as rains make the trail nice, soft, and relatively free of rocks. Be sure to bring water along with you, but know that there's plenty of shade along the way.

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Jul 6, 2019
Shannon R
Great hike! 6.9mi — 3h 23m
Jul 6, 2019
Ross Wehner
Jul 6, 2019
Adam Pike
Jun 22, 2019
Cassie S
Jun 16, 2019
Annie Swindell
7mi — 3h 00m
Oct 29, 2018
Raine McGuire
6.7mi
Oct 20, 2018
Lindsey Watson
6.7mi — 3h 00m
Aug 17, 2018
Sarah S
Great hike on the north rim! To exclamation point is easy, from there to the green mountain is easy-moderate. Best views were at exclamation point.

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