The Gulches

Three of the most popular trails in this area make up The Gulches.

Total Miles


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3 to 5 Hours
Technical Rating
7 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
The Gulches
Hackett Gulch, Longwater Gulch and Metberry Gulch are the three most popular extreme trails in the Pikes Peak area. Each offers something a little different, and you can spend all weekend playing and testing your skills and those of your rig. Weekends can get crowded. The trail's official end is at the Teller County Line just before the Platte River. Resist the urge to cross.
After the Hayman Fire in 2002, Hackett Gulch, Longwater Gulch and Metberry Gulch were closed by the Forest Service. The closures were considered permanent unless another public entity volunteered to take them over. Almost immediately, Predator 4 Wheel Drive, which has worked hard for years to keep these trails open, began working with Teller County. In the end, Teller County accepted responsibility for the roads and that’s why the trails are open today. Do your part by following the rules. Don’t cross the river.
Getting There
From Hwy. 24 in Divide, head north on C.R. 5. Swing left at 0.5 mile on C.R. 51. Turn right at 3.5 miles, staying on C.R. 51. At 10 miles stay left following C.R. 51/Cedar Mountain Road. Go another 0.8 mile to large staging and parking area. Continuing north from parking area, Hackett Gulch is 4.5 miles, Longwater Gulch is 6.4 miles and Metberry Gulch is 6.8 miles.
Contact for Current Conditions
Pike N.F.
South Park R.D.
(719) 836-2031