- 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
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park