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.