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Poverty Gulch Trail to Pilot Knob is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 2,988 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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The Poverty Gulch trail is a primitive trail that splits off from the Hope Lake Trail. It follows the Poverty Gulch drainage all the way to the saddle between Golden Horn and Pilot Knob peaks. It is used as an alternative approach to access these two amazing 13ers. Start at the Hope Lake Trail Head near Trout Lake. After just a quarter mile, you cross a small creek. Look for the primitive trail immediately on your left. It follows the creek up the Poverty Gulch drainage. The trail can be easy to lose as it crosses the endless scree fields, but just head for the saddle between Golden Horn and Pilot Knob. Once at the saddle, you will have an amazing view of Ice Lake Basin. Take your pick from any of the nearby 13ers to climb, the closest being Pilot Knob and Golden Horn. This is the best way to access these peaks from the west, and is much shorter than the easier standard route from Ice Lake Basin.

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Joseph L
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oops, wrong turn. Good workout though. went up scree and some bush wackin, to about 12,500' elevation. Then I had enough

Sharon Hull
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I only when a bit more than half way up. Very steep but beautiful views!!

Jeff Miller
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First to Review

This is an excellent way to access Pilot Knob and Golden Horn. It is much shorter than the standard approach from Ice Lake Basin. However, it is a bit of a scree slog in a few spots. It would make for a really nice snow climb in the early spring.

Jeff Miller
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