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Oak Flat Trail

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Length


1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


332' 101 m

Ascent

-383' -117 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

8,142' 2,482 m

High

7,839' 2,389 m

Low

Shared By Mikhaila Redovian

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Visitors who want a closer look at the Gunnison River without hiking to the canyon bottom will love this trail.

Mikhaila Redovian

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Description

Though strenuous in nature, this trail is perfect for visitors who are seeking dramatic views without having to descend all the way to the bottom of the Black Canyon. This loop begins with a descent as you drop through scrub oak thickets. The route continues on, passing through more native forests filled with aspen, Douglas fir, and further oak trees. Take the time to stop and appreciate the views at two overlook points, as the dense tree cover can obscure some of the grandeur of the area.

Eventually, the trail will return you back to the access path and the visitor center. Note that you'll have to make up the elevation that you lost at the beginning, and the ascent can be tough. Save some energy for the return trip! There are some steep side slopes, and the trail is fairly narrow, which might make this a tough trail for those with a fear of heights.

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Sep 15, 2018
Lauren Vahldick
Aug 15, 2018
Brad Szywala
1.3mi
Jul 29, 2018
Omar Albayati
Jul 16, 2018
McCory James
Aug 12, 2017
Keith Schultz
Aug 11, 2017
Tim Evans
Aug 8, 2017
Pam Gille Powell
Jun 30, 2017
Shang Shi
Meh 1.5mi

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  3.6 from 5 votes

#12

in South Rim

#14074

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#12

in South Rim

#1,265

in Colorado

#14,074

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