Poughkeepsie Gulch

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Poughkeepsie Gulch

Poughkeepsie Gulch Professional Review and Guide

"Because of the difficulty of this trail, it is not well traveled. It has a stark beauty and remote quality unlike any other trail in the area. By the time you reach Como Lake at the top, you might think you’ve just crossed a lunar landscape. mines on this trail include the Old Lout and Poughkeepsie. This scenic valley offers a variety of challenges for hard-core enthusiasts.

Snow is not plowed, so trail opens later in the season. Fun but difficult trail for ATVs. Stay off trail during wet periods. Uphill direction described here- easier going downhill. Can be muddy at the bottom during wet periods. One long, steep climb of loose rock is challenging without lockers. Other rocky climbs may require winching. Not recommended for stock SUVs going uphill."

Poughkeepsie Gulch Reviews

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7/27/2008
Went uphill from US550 outside Ouray - difficult section in loose rock with a lot of water coming down, and a point where lockers and likely winch or tow needed near top. Very exciting and scenic.
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9/5/2006
real challenging. lockers and most likely 33" tires. winch not a bad idea either. luckily i have all those things covered. very pretty scenery. we went in from silverton over cinnamon, camped woke up went over engineer then tackled poughkeepsie. dont try it with anything stock. i helped a jeep rubicon, which is an awesome rig, though a couple sections. he couldnt make it on his own.....real fun but not for the novice
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3/25/2005
If you like it rough and tuff toward the top it is a challenge.
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Trail Information

Ouray
Nearby City
6.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Vehicles
Difficult
Difficulty
1.5 hours
Duration
Spring through fall; when snow free
Season
Uncompahgre National Forest, San Juan National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Uncompahgre National Forest map, San Juan National Forest map; Trails Illustrated Silverton, Ouray #141
Local Maps