Poverty Gulch Road

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

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Poverty Gulch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 9,239 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 840 feet. Along the trail there are viewpoints and parking.
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Poverty Gulch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 9,239 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 840 feet. Along the trail there are viewpoints and parking. This trail connects with the following: Augusta Mine and Daisy Pass 404.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Gunnison National Forest
Distance: 2.1
Elevation Gain: 840 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 9,239 feet
Top Elevation: 9,865 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Poverty Gulch Road
Parks: Gunnison National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 9238/9865 ft
Elevation Start/End: 9239/9239 ft
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Numerous waterfalls. I was there during a rainy period and the falls were flowing heavily. Trail climbs to remote, isolated mine above 11,400 feet. The trail begins near site of Pittsburg, an old silver mining camp that serviced the Pittsburg, Augusta, Black Queen and Excelsior mines from 1881 to 1896. Nothing remains of the town, but private residences dot the area. Please avoid all private drives.

After crossing the Slate river, the trail turns northwest and follows Poverty Gulch along a creek with gorgeous waterfalls. After 2 miles, you turn south away from Poverty Gulch and begin a steep, rough climb through Baxter Basin that ends at a mine. During the summer, this is high-altitude grazing land. I waited several times for a stubborn bull to move aside. On the way down, take side trip left after creek crossing at Waypoint 02. The trail follows along a series of waterfalls but abruptly ends where the road to private Augusta Mine is washed away.

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May 2018