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From Tincup Pass Road

From Tincup Pass Road

From Tincup Pass Road

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.67688°N / 106.43778°W

Object Title: From Tincup Pass Road

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Sep 27, 2011 / Nov 11, 2016

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Getting There

Directions to the beginning of Tincup Pass Rd in St. Elmo:

From the town of Buena Vista drive 8 miles south on Route 285 to a place known as Nathrop and then turn west onto Route 162. Drive this road 16 miles to the ghost town of St. Elmo (the first 10 miles are paved and the rest is a well graded dirt road). In St. Elmo, go thru “Main Street”, turn right and cross the bridge to the north side of Chalk Creek. Then make an immediate left and continue to the west end of town.

Route Description

All distances are per my GPS.

St. Elmo
10000 ft
zero miles
Alpine Tunnel Trail
11080 ft
3.65 miles
11940 ft
1.8 miles
12885 ft
1.40 miles
6.85 miles

In St. Elmo, head west and hike or drive (4WD) Tincup Pass Road. The lower parts of the road go through an aspen forest.
Tincup Pass Road
Tincup Pass Road

After 3.65 miles, you will see signs for a trail (Trail 1439, the northern end of Alpine Tunnel Trail) on the south side of the road. Get off of the road and start hiking this trail. You will first go through a beautiful meadow.

The trail then goes into a pine forest, makes many switchbacks and goes up a slope.
Trail in Forest

As you go above tree-line, Peak 12885 ft comes to view.
East Face
Peak 12885 ft

The trail goes through a 11940 ft saddle at the base of the summit of Peak 12885 ft. You can choose your own way up the grassy eastern slopes of Peak 12885 ft.
East Face
Peak 12885 ft

Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.