- Black Canyon C158National Park near Montrose
- 2 mile roundtrip
- Elevation Change:
- 1800 feet
This is the most popular route, and is recommended to persons attempting their first inner-canyon hike. An 80 foot chain is located 1/3 of the way down. The Oak Flat Overlook is a short distance west of the route, and makes a nice side trip. Campsites and an outhouse are located a short distance upstream near the ponderosa pine trees.
This route begins at the South Rim Visitor Center. Follow the Oak Flat Trail for 1/3 mile, where you will see the "River Access” sign. At the junction, continue the steep descent to the chain and down the drainage gully.
South Rim Route
Map + Directions
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park