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This trail travels north, from the historic townsite of St. Elmo, over a large ridge and drops into Green Timber Gulch and the South Cottonwood drainage. This trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, motorcyle riding and horseback riding.
This trail travels from the historic townsite of St. Elmo to the South Cottonwood drainage. The trail is 5 miles in length and traverses a large ridge. The views from the ridge are breathtaking and a camera is a must on this trail. Mountain goats can be seen in spots along the ridgeline.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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To hike From Nathrop, CO, (halfway between Salida and Buena Vista) on Hwy 285, turn onto County Road 162. Travel west on CR 162 for 16 miles to the historic townsite of St. Elmo. As you drive through St. Elmo, watch for a road on the right that travels over a small wooden bridge. Turn right on this road, crossing the bridge and then turn left and travel for .25 miles to the Tincup Pass access road (FR 267). This road travels steeply uphill for .25 miles to a road on the right which takes you to the Popular Gulch trailhead.
Parking is limited to 4-5 vehicles at the trailhead.
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