Poplar Gulch Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,193' 1,278 m
Descent: -4,193' -1,278 m
High: 12,276' 3,742 m
Low: 10,108' 3,081 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“A nice out and back hike from St. Elmo going over an unnamed pass with some gorgeous views.”— Michael Robbert
When you get to the pass, take some time to soak it all in before descending the north side to Cottonwood Creek. There are some gorgeous views to be had from the top of the pass. The south side is very smooth terrain while the north side is also mostly smooth hiking, but has a couple of rocky sections.
If doing the entire Poplar Gulch Trail as an out and back, just remember to save enough energy for the return trip as you'll have to climb back up the pass before a final descent back to your starting point.