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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Lake City Area

Quick Facts

Gunnison Route

Average Time: 1.5 Hours descent and 2 hours ascent.
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 1 Mile (1.6 Kilometers) One way
Elevation Change: 1,800 Feet (548.6 Meters) Vertical Drop

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General Description

This is the most popular route, however it is still very strenuous. This route is recommended to persons attempting their first inner-canyon hike. An 80 foot chain is located 1/3 of the way down. This route begins at the South Rim Visitor Center. Follow the Oak Flat Trail for 1/3 mile, down the first few switchbacks. You will come to a sign that says, "River Access. Permit Required." Continue the steep descent to the chain down the drainage. An outhouse and campsites are located a short distance upstream. Permits, required for all inner canyon activities (including day hikes, climbing, camping and kayaking), are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake City Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 430 , Lake City, CO, 81235, Phone: 970-944-2527


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