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North Vista Trail

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Length


6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers


1,169' 356 m

Ascent

-1,169' -356 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

8,568' 2,612 m

High

7,591' 2,314 m

Low

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All Clear 71 days ago
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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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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.
Oct 3, 2017
Brian Rishel
6.7mi — 4h 00m
Sep 29, 2017
Dustin Lahorgue
Aug 16, 2017
Raychel Licari Haberer
Did exclamation Point and the loop up top. It was well with the hike. Great views. 6.7mi
Aug 15, 2017
Joe Haberer
Jul 20, 2017
Jing Zhang
Jul 6, 2017
Laura Hansen
The was a nice hike with gradual incline. Beautiful views of Black Canyon from the top. 7mi
Jul 6, 2017
Steve W

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  4.4 from 14 votes

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