Dark Canyon Trail

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain6,157ft
Trailhead Elevation6,826ft
Elevation Min/Max6826/9380ft
Elevation Start/End6826/6826ft

Dark Canyon Trail

Dark Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Raggeds Wilderness and Gunnison National Forest. It is 12.9 miles long and begins at 6,826 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,157 feet. The Dark Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there is a spring. This trail connects with the following: Dark Canyon/Munsey Tie-in Trail, Ruby Anthracite Trail, Dyke Mb Trail, Silver Basin Trail and North Anthracite Trail.

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"Dark Canyon is often explored as a short day hike from the Erickson Springs Trailhead. From there the trail follows along the north side of Anthracite Creek, entering almost immediately into one of the most scenic parts of Dark Canyon. Anthracite Creek is a fast-flowing stream that is very popular with fly fishermen, and Erickson Springs Campground is conveniently located just a few hundred feet from the trailhead. The walk up Anthracite Creek makes a fine alternative to the hike described below if a shuttle to the Horse Ranch Park Trailhead cannot be arranged. If a shuttle can be arranged, however, I recommend beginning your hike at Horse Ranch Park. The total distance between the two trailheads is 13.6 miles, which may be too long for some, but the trail is an easy, mostly downhill path. Furthermore you probably won’t see anyone else until you reach Anthracite Creek." Read more

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Trail Information

Gunnison National Forest
Nearby City
Raggeds Wilderness
Skill Level
Raggeds Wilderness Area, Gunnison National Forest
Local Contacts
Marcellina Mountain, Paonia Reservoir (USGS)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018