HIKING WARNER POINT TRAIL Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Colorado

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: July 17, 2022

This south rim trail took us to the canyon’s highest point at about 8,400 feet through cactus, pinyon pine and juniper trees some 600 to 800 years old. Although it was a moderate trail, it really tuckered me out as the temperature rose to 92 degrees. This 1.5-mile trail gave us canyon views on one side and views of the Black Canyon valley on the other side. The trail was quite diverse, up, and down, twisting and turning, sometimes in the open and sometimes under the cover of trees. Afterwards, driving back towards the visitor center we stopped at Cedar Point Overlook and took photos across the canyon of Painted Wall, a 2,250-foot wall above the river that looked like pink colored veins of pegmatite or lightning bolts running through the darker gneiss and granite rock.

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