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Oak Flat Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (6)

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


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Point to Point

8,142' 2,482 m

High

7,839' 2,389 m

Low

332' 101 m

Up

383' 117 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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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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Mikhaila Redovian

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 6 votes

#13

in South Rim

#20585

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#13

in South Rim

#1,606

in Colorado

#20,585

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Oak Flat trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Hiking on Oak Flat Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Amazing views on Oak Flat Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO
The view across the valley to cliffs, as seen from the Oak Flat Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Looking deep to 2,000 feet.
Dec 16, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Oak Flat Trailhead
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO

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Jul 12, 2021
A S
May 29, 2021
Kari Olson
great views. not as technical as described. would like to go back to do inner canyon hike.
May 27, 2021
Jason H
Oct 18, 2020
Isabel Feick
Oct 10, 2020
Lou Hibbard
With Jan on Black Canyon day trip 1.3mi
Sep 28, 2020
Shawn B.
Sep 27, 2020
Gosia Lieske
CCW 1.8mi — 0h 58m
Sep 6, 2020
Talisa de Carlo