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North Vista Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Out and Back

8,568' 2,612 m

High

7,591' 2,314 m

Low

1,169' 356 m

Up

1,169' 356 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

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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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 23 votes

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Photos

Black Canyon
Oct 24, 2017 near Olathe, CO
North Vista Trailhead.
Aug 11, 2016 near Olathe, CO
Black Canyon of the Gunnison from the North Vista Trail.
Dec 16, 2016 near Olathe, CO
Black Canyon of the Gunnison as seen from the North Vista Trail.
Mar 9, 2016 near Olathe, CO

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Jul 3, 2020
Mark Stevens
Exclamation Point is definitely that and a great place to take in sights of the NP. — 12h 00m
Jun 13, 2020
Meg Sudhoff
May 30, 2020
Son S
Sep 16, 2019
Mike Nugent
Just to Exclamation point
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