Stopped to talk to rangers at the visitor center about what route to take from the south rim down to the bottom of the canyon. The wonderful lady at the center said that she would like us to break a leg so she could earn some extra overtime to save us. Of course this was in jest, but it spoke to the fact that there are a lot of rescues on these steep trails to the bottom of the canyon. The Gunnison Route was steep, but had a feel of a climbers trail for sure, and plenty of slip sliding away on certain parts. It was about an hour to bottom and close to same on way out. The stagnant air in summer was HOT!!! Even at a 6:45 A.M. start. However the bottom of the canyon is gorgeous and worth the hike.
made the descent with my friend Don. We hiked upriver 1/3 mile and found some nice rocks to hang for a couple hours. Beautiful area. Even on a Sunday we only saw one other party. The route out was pretty quick, though a great workout. Lots of trails are evident, but the way out was pretty easy to follow. Nice 1/2 day adventure.