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Poplar Gulch Trail No. 1436

Contact Info
Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
325 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201

Phone:
719-539-3591
Basics
Length:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10080 feet
Elevation Range:
10080 feet to 10270 feet
Elevation Change:
190 feet
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail travels south over a ridge and descends into the upper portion of the Chalk Creek canyon. The trail is steep and rocky but well worth the hike. There are beautiful views from the top of the ridge. Camping is permitted off of the trail.

This trail is open to motorcycles. ATV's are not permitted on the trail. Motorcyclists should be experienced riders as the trail is steep and characterized by loose rock and gravel. Riders should not cut switchbacks nor ride in a manner that damages soils and vegetation.

Details

Length:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10080
Elevation Range:
10080 feet to 10270
Elevation Change:
190
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

St. Elmo: At St. Elmo, take County Road 267 (Tincup Pass road) for 1/4 mile to CR 267A. CR 267A turns to the right and dead ends at the trailhead.

South Cottonwood: From Buena Vista, take County Road 306 (Cottonwood Pass road) for approximately 7 miles to the junction with CR 344. Turn left on CR 344 and travel southwest for 6 miles, passing Cottonwood Lake and the campground. The trailhead is located on the left near South Cottonwood Creek. A small bridge crosses the stream at the trailhead.


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