Every person who lives in and visits Colorado has something in common—they all love to hike. Whether it’s a short walk around a pond or a day-long jaunt up a mountain, everyone can appreciate a good walk in the woods. Luckily, for Blue Mesa Reservoir residents, there are plenty of fantastic hikes in the area. Below, we have listed our top four.
Neversink—This trail is located very close to Gunnison on the north bank of the Gunnison River. The very easy 1.5 miles stretches alongside a streamside habitat of grass, flowers, cottonwoods, willows, and birds. This is an excellent option for families; the trail is flat, provides easy walking, and is wheelchair accessible.
Pine Creek—A short but relatively strenuous hike, the Pine Creek trail follows the creek into the depths of the upper Black Canyon toward the Morrow Point Reservoir. At two miles round-trip and a 180-foot descent into the canyon (via maintained steps), each hiker should bring plenty of water.
Curecanti Creek—The Curecanti Creek Trail is one of the most difficult and rewarding hikes in the area. At four miles round-trip, hikers will experience a 900-foot elevation change. We recommend reserving at least three hours for this trip and be sure to bring plenty of water—plus the occasional granola bar or small snack. At the end, hikers can glimpse the Curecanti Needle, a 700-foot granite spire.
Hermit’s Rest—This trail has it all—switchbacks, forest, picnic sites, and scenic views. However, don’t let the natural hospitality fool you; this is a very strenuous trail. With little shade and an 1800-foot elevation change, hikers should allow at least 3.5-4 hours to finish this 6-mile-long trail. Additionally, when you’re done with the trail, be sure to check for ticks.