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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Poverty Gulch Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,240 Feet (2880.3 Meters) Slate River Road
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,760 Feet (548.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters) Augusta Mine
Length, One-way: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133 Kebler Pass, Paonia Reservoir
Recommended Season: MidSummer
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Poverty Gulch Road, Forest Service Road 734.2A, leads northwest from Pittsburg on Slate River Road. The road leads to the Augusta Silver Mine that was used in the late nineteenth century and early in the twentieth century. The mine was abandoned after a series of snow slides destroyed the mine and mill buildings. An array of rusted iron mineworkers lies at the end of this route.

Pittsburg lies two and a half miles west of Oh-Be-Joyful on Slate River Road. Poverty Gulch Road branches from Slate River Road at an elevation of 9,240 feet. Shortly after leaving Slate River Road, Poverty Gulch Road crosses Slate River. A four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance will be needed for this crossing early in the summer season. By September most passenger vehicles can ford this crossing easily.

Once across the Slate River, Poverty Gulch Road makes a sharp northward turn. The road climbs slowly along the north shore of the stream for one and a half miles to a fork in the road. At this junction Baxter Basin Road, Forest Road 552, leads southwest into Baxter Basin and around the southern side of Cascade Mountain. During the early summer months this junction is covered by a snowfield. All but the most experienced drivers should not attempt to cross this snowfield.

Poverty Gulch Road follows the right side of the fork and begins to ascend steadily from this junction. The road is unstable in some areas beyond this point. It is recommended for smaller vehicles. Poverty Gulch Road continues to switchback for two and a half more miles before reaching the Augusta Mine at 11,000 feet. The section of this road beyond the junction with Baxter Basin Road is an easy day hike.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel one mile north on Gothic Road. Turn on to Slate River Road and travel six miles northwest to Pittsburg and turn left.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Cross-country Skiing Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Slate River
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Poverty Gulch Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Horseback Riding Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Plant Identification Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Wildflower Identification Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Mountain Biking Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Mountain Climbing Augusta Mountain, Mineral Point
ICON ATV Riding Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Backcountry Skiing Poverty Gulch Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Poverty Gulch Road

Related Activities
Augusta Mine Trail - The Augusta Mine Trail begins on the Poverty Gulch Road and follows it to the abandoned mine site.

Daisy Pass Trail - Daisy Pass trail heads southwest from Baxter Basin to Redwell Basin. The entire trail traverses through high, rugged terrain.

Slate River - This small river supports brook, brown and rainbow trout, but the fishing is rated as poor. Regardless, the surrounding terrain is beautifully rugged with many recreation opportunities.

Slate River Road #734 - This road follows Slate River and then continues to the White River National Forest.

More Information

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Montrose County Chamber of Commerce, 550 N Townsend , Montrose, CO, 81401, Phone: 800-873-0244


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