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Black Canyon of the Gunnison - July 8, 2008

I drove from Leadville to Silverton where I plan to run the Hardrock 100 on July 11. On the way I stopped at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison national park and hiked all the tourist trails from the south rim road and took some pictures.

The south rim road has lots of overlooks with spectacular views. I was here a couple of years ago and hiked to the bottom, but this year I wanted to get to Silverton so I only stayed a few hours and hiked the little 1/4 mile long trails to the overlooks. The route I took was not quite this steep :-)

The Painted Wall is the highest wall in Colorado, 2000 feet high. It is closed for climbing from Mar. 15 to July 15 to protect nesting condors. Sorry.

View looking west where the Gunnison River exits the canyon.