Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gore Canyon Trail, Pumphouse Recreation Area

Gore Canyon Trail
Pumphouse Recreation Area

Date Hiked: July 15, 2012

  • Distance: 3 mi (RT)
  • Elevation Gain:  160ft
  • Elevation Min/Max: 6,960 to 7,080 ft
  • Managing Agency:  Bureau of Land Management

Gore Canyon Trail Webpage (BLM)

Directions: From Silverthorne, head North on Hwy 9 towards Kremmling.  9 miles south of Kremmling, turn left (west) on Grand County Rd 1.  Take this good dirt road 10 miles to the Pumphouse Recreation Area.  The trail starts at Launch site #1.

This easy hike provides a wonderful hike along the Colorado River and into Gore Canyon.  From Launch Site #1 (The Pumphouse Recreation Area is a popular river rafting put-in), follow the trail along the river's shore through wetlands and onto a forested hillside.  The trail is mostly flat at the beginning but once you hit a junction with an old service road, the trail gains the ridge.  This next part of the hike provides wonderful views down the river.  You can follow this trail for as long as you want, until you reach an endpoint 1.5 mi in.  The steep canyon walls and rolling river provides a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing hike.

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