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Gore Canyon Trail

Length of Hike:  1.5 miles (one-way) along the Upper Colorado River

Type of Hike:  Constructed hiking-only trail

Day Use Fee: $3 per vehicle, per day at Pumphouse Recreation Site

Area Attraction:  This trail provides hiking and fishing along the Upper Colorado River through Gore Canyon.  The steep and rugged canyon walls ascend approximately 1000 feet on either side of the Colorado River which makes for spectacular views.  Rainbow trout and brown trout can be found in the river. 

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Trail Head Location:

The Gore Canyon Trail head is located at the Pumphouse Recreation Site at Launch Site #1. From Kremmling travel south on Hwy 9 for approximately 2.2 miles.  Turn right on Grand County Road 1.  Travel approximately 10 miles on County Road 1, then turn right at the Pumphouse Recreation Site sign.  Follow the signs to Launch Site #1.  On the northeast side of the launch area you will see the trail head sign.  There is limited parking at the trail head, with additional parking in designated areas around Pumphouse Recreation Area.

Route Description:

The Gore Canyon Trail provides hiking access from the Pumphouse Recreation Site upstream approximately 1.5 miles.  Although the trail is well maintained and easy to moderate difficulty, the second half travels along the canyon walls with steep embankments down to the river.  The trail ends on the bank of the Colorado River where hikers and anglers can scramble over boulders upstream for another mile before cliffs along the river stop your progress.  Along the hike you will see a variety of wildlife, which could include hawks, Golden Eagles, songbirds, ducks, geese, beavers, river otters, muskrats, Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, badgers, and coyotes.  You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Big Horn Sheep high up on the cliffs.