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blue Oak Flat Trail

Trail

1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 332' 101 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 8,142' 2,482 m
Low: 7,839' 2,389 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

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

Mikhaila Redovian

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Runner Notes

The steep side slopes and narrow trail make this a high-consequence run.

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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  3.6 from 5 votes

#12

in South Rim

#15160

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#12

in South Rim

#1,309

in Colorado

#15,160

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577 Since Dec 20, 2016
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