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Oak Flat Loop

Contributed by ranchez

The Oak Flat Loop Trail offers variety to the hiker who would like to explore below the rim without taking on the challenge of hiking to the river. Parents should be aware that the trail is narrow in places and traverses some steep slopes.

The trail meanders through a thicket of oak scrub (Gambel oak) passing near a rock outcrop, a pleasant location where you can relax and enjoy the view. The trail then heads west where it begins its ascent through a forest of Douglas fir, Aspen, and Gambel oak. On the return leg one encounters another unmarked overlook offering spectacular views downstream. Pets are not allowed.


Head east of Montrose for 50 miles, then travel north on Highway 347 to the park entrance.  There is a fee to enter the park.

From the Visitor Center, go a short distance to the Oak Flat Loop/River Access sign and follow the trail which leads right. Descend through a grove of aspen to another signed junction. Turn left here to continue on the Oak Flat Loop.

Length: 2 miles  |   Rating: Difficult
Activies: Day Hiking

Trailhead Elevation: n/a

Trailhead Waypoint: 38.554330 N -107.686894 W

Permit Info: Yes (970) 641-2337

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Management Area(s)
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Montrose County

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