One of the top hikes in the national park.

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105

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

The North Vista trail running to Exclamation Point is acclaimed by many visitors as one of the very best hikes in the national park.

Even so, the hike as mapped is still very achievable, covering only 2.9 miles round-trip and climbing (and descending) about 344 vertical feet.

However, if you want additional hiking, you can carry on beyond Exclamation Point for a total 7-mile round-trip hike to the top of Green Mountain. That said, Exclamation Point offers "the most bang for your buck," and it provides "some of the best views of the canyon below," according to Alicia on [GirlOnAHike.com](https://www.girlonahike.com/hiking-north-vista-trail-black-canyon.html). On the way to the lookout, you'll follow a mostly-mellow singletrack trail.

In a few places, the singletrack crosses "patches of red and cream slickrock, in contrast to the predominant dark grey of most of the rocks hereabouts," according to [AmericanSouthwest.net](https://www.americansouthwest.net/colorado/black_canyon_gunnison/north-vista-trail.html).

While even the slickrock sections are easy to negotiate, portions of this trail are very exposed.

Once you take the left turn toward Exclamation Point (about 1.2 miles into the hike), this section of trail is extremely exposed, without any guardrails erected along the edge.