I'm sure most of you locals know about the hike at the end of the drive through The Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park. If it's been awhile since you've taken your family or friends for a hike along The Warner Trail, I'd make plans soon while the weather is perfect.

Mark Warner came west from Ohio in 1917 and was the pastor of the Montrose Presbyterian Church. It was his vision and leadership that lead the efforts to preserve the canyon in its natural state as a National Park.

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First, the walk is a fairly challenging, at least for this guy, 1.5 miles up and down. The walk has 14 makers along the way. The accompanying guide helps educate, sharing facts and interesting information, about your surroundings.

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The coolest part is the two different views or either side of the trail.  To the west, it's a beautiful view of the valley, the east, breathtaking views of the canyon.

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Of course, it's the end of the hike that blows you away. The view from High Point is truly incredible. It must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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I arrived at the spot just as the sun was setting. These photos don't do it justice. There's only one way to experience it, and that's in person. Perhaps I'll share more of my day at The Black Canyon in a future blog. Until then, consider making the trek. It's only about an hour and half from Junction and well worth the trip.