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Tomichi Route

Extremely Difficult


0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult


Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,719' -524 m
High: 8,164' 2,489 m
Low: 6,445' 1,964 m


Avg Grade: 54% (29°)
Max Grade: 84% (40°)


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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

The South Rim's steepest inner-canyon route.

Eric Ashley

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

  • Wilderness permits are required to enter this route. They can be obtained from the visitor center.
  • Campfires are not permitted.
  • Poison ivy is present here. Wear long pants!


The Tomichi Route is the steepest of the South Rim's inner-canyon routes. The constant loose rock and full sun exposure make it a less popular option compared to the nearby Gunnison Route, except during colder months, when the extra sun helps keep the cold and ice at bay.

The route is best for surefooted hikers who don't mind a steep and challenging scramble over a shifting tread. The navigating is relatively straightforward, and there aren't really any points of confusion. Just pay attention as you descend so you can make an informed exit. At the bottom, hikers will find a small rocky edge along the river to explore or enjoy the sun and surging water. There are also two primitive campsites.

To head down Tomichi Route, obtain your Wilderness Permit and then hike to post #13 on the Rim Rock Trail to begin the scree field descent to the river below.

Flora & Fauna

The waters of the Gunnison River are especially fine for fishing. A valid Colorado fishing license is required and there are specific regulations to fishing in the area. Find out more by visiting the NPS's fishing page.

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Sep 6, 2019
Beth Hall
Extremely hard. Loose scree on the whole trail. Extremely steep going 2200' down and up. Hot, but beautiful river and views when you aren't holding on 3mi

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A different view of Tomichi Point.
Dec 16, 2016 near Montrose, CO
A woman relaxes at the first overlook on the Rim Rock Trail.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO


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