Poverty Gulch Trailhead


Range: Elk Mountains

Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
TH located near old town site of Pittsburgh about 7 miles up Slate River Road out of Crested Butte

Driving Directions

This TH may be used to access Daisy Pass, Augusta, Richmond, and other 12ers and 13ers in the area. The initial creek crossing was fine for higher clearance vehicles on 6/23/2013. The water level may be higher in the afternoon in the spring or early summer. The road is easier 4WD for about 3 miles. Avoid the cabin driveways which are obvious. In early summer, there is one large water hole in the road in the last mile which may need 4WD, clearance, and some momentum to clear easily. There is not a designated parking area but parking is available near the driving road's end. Continue hiking up the road for Augusta or cross the stream and head to Daisy Pass or Richmond. Wading the stream may be required so come prepared.

Winter Access

This road is closed in winter and makes a nice cross country ski trip.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Blue Knight
Info: TH was open to higher clearance vehicles. Higher clearance is needed for initial creek crossing and for large water hole in last mile of the road. Lower clearance vehicles may be fine later in the summer. The road is easier 4WD. There are many fine camping spots along this road.

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