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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Lake City Area

Quick Facts

Long Draw

Average Time: 1.5 Hours Descent and 3 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

Long Draw, formerly called Devil's Slide, Long Draw brings the hiker into one of the narrowest parts of the canyon where canyon walls tower above the swiftly moving Gunnison River. Park at Balanced Rock Overlook, then walk northeast to the bend in the road. The descent begins at the road. Pass through a small area of box elder trees at the rim and scramble down the gully to the river. There is plenty of poison ivy along the bottom of this route. The route has short ledges to climb (8-12 ft/3 m). 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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