Poughkeepsie Gulch

4.9/5 (52 reviews)
Traveled primarily for its technicality rather than its mining history, this 4WD trail has long been considered the hardest in the Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City areas. Although challenging, this jeep trail offers spectacular views along the way as it parallels the Uncompahgre River to its source ... Read More
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Highlights of Poughkeepsie Gulch

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Camping Category Icon Camping
Forest Category Icon Forest
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Mine Category Icon Mine
Overland Category Icon Overland
Rock Category Icon Rock
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
12544 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
07/01 - 10/14
Best Direction
South
Official Trail Name
876
Nearest Town
Ouray
Nearest Services
Ouray
Management Agency
Uncompaghre National Forest, Bureau of Land Management
District
Ouray Ranger District

Overview

Traveled primarily for its technicality rather than its mining history, this 4WD trail has long been considered the hardest in the Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City areas. Although challenging, this jeep trail offers spectacular views along the way as it parallels the Uncompahgre River to its source at the jaw-dropping blue water of Lake Como. Poughkeepsie Gulch is often run for its access to "The Wall," a challenging but optional offshoot to a group of embedded rocks with numerous lines to challenge even built rigs. Camping is also a popular attraction to this trail, as there are several dispersed sites lining the trail in the first few miles. Whether you are here for the thrill or the scenery, this trail will not disappoint.

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62 Trail Photos
3 Trail Concerns
52 Community Reviews
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