Poughkeepsie Gulch


The Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail is located due north of Silverton, just a couple of miles Southeast of Ouray.  To get to the trailhead from Silverton, take US 550 North approximately 17 miles.  Turn right (East) onto CR 18, also known as Engineer Pass Rd.  The Poughkeepsie trailhead isn’t actually until you pass Waypoint PG01-06, with a right turn (South) onto CR18A.  Ranging in elevation from around 9,000 feet to 12,500 feet, the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail takes you through . . . uh . . . Poughkeepsie Gulch, along the Uncompahgre River, then up to Lake Como.  At Waypoint PG01-10 there’s an optional ledge climb to the right.  Shortly after, just past PG01-11 is a long, steep climb up loose shale rock.  This stuff is “slipperier” than it looks!  It’s best to maintain a steady speed, while trying to avoid excessive wheel spin.  A ways further, just past Waypoint GP01-15 are some optional ledges and a hill climb.  The trail passes Lake Como on the left, and shortly thereafter comes to its end.  From here, you have a few options to get back to Silverton.  To the right are Corkscrew Gulch, which will put you back on US 550; and Cement Creek down CR 10 into Silverton.  To the left is California Gulch to Animas Forks and then down CR 2 into Silverton.  The Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail is just under 6 miles one way and takes between 2 hours to 3 hours to reach the southern end.

Difficulty Rating:  Two (2) Moderate
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Here are a couple shots from the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail.
On the left is one of the hill climbs near Waypoint PG01-15.
On the right is the sign at the trail end.

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Cumm. Dist.






N37° 59.336’

W107° 38.691’



0.30 mi

0.30 mi

132° (SE)

N37° 59.160’

W107° 38.713’



0.42 mi

0.72 mi

168° (SSE)

N37° 58.805’

W107° 38.615’



0.61 mi

1.33 mi

125° (SE)

N37° 58.500’

W107° 38.067’



0.16 mi

1.49 mi

171° (S)

N37° 58.362’

W107° 38.040’



0.37 mi

1.86 mi

122° (ESE)

N37° 58.192’

W107° 37.964’



0.35 mi

2.21 mi

147° (SSE)

N37° 57.935’

W107° 37.485’



0.69 mi

2.91 mi

182° (S)

N37° 57.332’

W107° 37.511’



0.63 mi

3.54 mi

191° (S)

N37° 56.797’

W107° 37.642’



0.28 mi

3.81 mi

156° (SSE)

N37° 56.789’

W107° 37.518’



0.25 mi

4.06 mi

167° (SSE)

N37° 56.369’

W107° 37.459’



0.26 mi

4.32 mi

155° (SSE)

N37° 56.163’

W107° 37.338’



0.17 mi

4.49 mi

165° (SSE)

N37° 56.019’

W107° 37.289’



0.08 mi

4.57 mi

212° (SSW)

N37° 55.962’

W107° 37.335’



0.12 mi

4.69 mi

271° (W)

N37° 55.965’

W107° 37.472’



0.17 mi

4.87 mi

221° (SW)

N37° 55.852’

W107° 37.596’



0.15 mi

5.02 mi

160° (SSE)

N37° 55.728’

W107° 37.541’



0.26 mi

5.28 mi

131° (SE)

N37° 55.579’

W107° 37.325’



0.07 mi

5.35 mi

232° (SW)

N37° 55.540’

W107° 37.387’



0.12 mi

5.47 mi

183° (S)

N37° 55.437’

W107° 37.394’



0.22 mi

5.69 mi

145° (SE)

N37° 55.280’

W107° 37.254’



0.12 mi

5.81 mi

115° (ESE)

N37° 55.236’

W107° 37.135’

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Summer 2003.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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