Last minute plan to hike the Ute Trail in Gunnison Gorge. My friend Dave and I plan to start out at 8:30 am tomorrow in Montrose. We are bringing our pooches. Trail access is a rough 4WD road. May change plans if it rains. This is a scenic moderate 8-9 mile round trip hike off the ridge down to the Gunnison River and back. (My vehicle is full so please arrange rides if you are coming. Will probably be at trailhead around 9:15-9:30.) BLM has $3 user fee, bring cash.
DIRECTIONS: 2.3 miles north of Olathe CO on US 50 is Carnation Road. Turn east onto Carnation Road and continue for 3.1 miles. Turn left on 6200 Rd and continue for 3.8 miles. Turn left on Peach Valley Rd. After 0.4 miles look for a water filling station on the right and turn right onto Ute Rd. Ute Rd is high clearance 4WD. Follow Ute Rd for 2.5 miles to the trailhead.
The trail begins on a ridge that overlooks the area around Delta, Colorado to the west, over 1200 feet below and the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area to the east with a similar drop in elevation to the level of the Gunnison River where it ends about 4.5 miles away. The ridge line forms the western boundary of the wilderness area as it passes through this area of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.