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GGNCA TRAILS

Kayaker at Chukar Trailhead

BLM photo by Rich Durnan


Trail

Length

(ONE-WAY)

Elevation Change

Description

Distance from Peach Valley Rd

BOBCAT

Difficult

1.5 miles

2.4 km

5,300-6,100 feet
1,616-1,860 meters

800-foot/

244-meter change

·    Undeveloped and hard to follow

·    Steep descent down rock face in last ½-mile

·    Good river access

·    Two hiker camps

·    Not recommended for horses

1.5 miles

2.4 km

CHUKAR

Moderately Difficult

1.1 miles
1.8 km

5,400-5,960 feet
1,646-1,817 meters

560-foot/

170-meter change

·    Adobe clay with sand & rock outcrops

·    Boat put-in

·    Very heavy foot and horse use

·    Limited hiker camps

7.0 miles

11.3 km

DUNCAN

Difficult

1.5 miles
2.4 km

5,300-6,160 feet
1,616-1,878 meters

840-foot/

258-meter change

·    Well established with heavy use

·    Last ½-mile steep with loose scree

·    Stay on north side

·    Cross below old mine and climb up final ridge before descending 200 yards to river

·    Good river access

·    Four hiker camps

·    Not recommended for horses

2.5 miles
4.0 km

UTE

Moderately Difficult

4.5 miles
7.2 km

5,300-6,500 feet
1,616-1,982 meters

1,200-foot/

366-meter change

·    Well developed

·    Gradual slope with one section of steep switchbacks

·    Great views

·    Good river access

·    Four hiker camps

2.5 miles

4.0 km

SIDEWINDER

Moderate

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20 miles
32.2 km

300-foot/

91.4 meter change

·    Rocky and sinuous singletrack

·    Snakes in and out of canyons

·    Contours western flank of  Gunnison Gorge NCA

1.5 miles
2.4 km

NORTH FORK

to

SMITH FORK

Fairly Easy

4.0 miles
6.4 km

5,100-5,300 feet
1,555-1,616 meters

200-foot/

61-meter change

·    Riverside trail with some uphill stretches

·    Good fishing access

·    Four hiker/boater camps

Access from Gunnison Forks requires wading (ONLY at low flows) or boat shuttle across North Fork


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