Poplar Gulch

MODERATE 8 reviews
#40 of 117 trails in

Poplar Gulch is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

11.6 miles
4,307 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers

The trail climbs pretty steeply up to a ridge, and then down the other side into South Cottonwood Canyon.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Parked in St Elmo and walked up the road to TinCup Pass. Not a difficult hike, though the starting elevation (10k+) and gain make the first switchback climb a little harder. Much easier after that, at least until the high meadow where we stopped.

Incredible overlook from the meadow (abt 3 miles in?), looking back south.

In late spring, creek was flowing fast with runoff so it was a beautiful hike alongside it much of the way. With all the aspen I would think this would be nice in the fall as well.

off road driving
Thursday, September 22, 2016

At the risk of getting lynched, I rode the trail on my dirt bike (KTM 520 - it is open to motorcycles). The trail is definitely technical (3.5/5), a little more so if you're coming from the north. There are lots of loose uphill sections with exposed roots and a couple of stream crossings.
I wouldn't recommend it for a dual sport ride, but it's a lot of fun on a decent trailbike.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great hike. Beautiful meadow. Place is crazy with ATVs but not on the trail.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Great hike, not used to the altitude and had to take breaks every 50 feet near the top. Well worth it though!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Poplar Gulch was a great morning hike despite the steep trek nearly the entire time (2200 feet elevation gain in about three miles). There are nice views at the top (as you can see in the pictures). It is well worth your time and energy.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

This was an awesome hike! We hiked it one way and one of our members offered to drive around and pick us up. At the ridge, me and another one in our group headed up the ridge towards Princeton (backside) following a small steep trail. Definitely worth the extra climb. Got a super view of the backside of Princeton and saw many other peaks. The way down was a nice change from the steep uphill that was earlier. Overall very steep, but worth it.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Friday, June 21, 2013