|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||9057 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Divide|
|Official Road Name:||357|
|Management Agency:||United States Forest Service|
|District:||Pikes Peak Ranger District|
This scenic 4WD & OHV trail starts near the Westcreek area off 67 in the Hayman burn area. While there isn't much vegetation at the start of the trail, the views of all 14,110ft of Pike's Peak are amazing. As you proceed down the trail, the trees will start to pick up and you'll even encounter some logging operations by the Forest Service to thin out the trees towards the south. Rule Ridge is great for camping near 67. While there aren't well-known trails on this route, the spurs off the main trail offer a little of something for everyone.
Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.Read more about our rating system
The entrance to Rule Ridge is easy to find along Painted Rock Road. There is a large trail opening that includes the signage for the trail. Make sure to stop by there and check for any restrictions or special notices. Since a large portion of Rule Ridge runs through burn area, the area is more sensitive to dry conditions. Rule Ridge has large parking areas near both entrances. It's recommended that you air down here if wanted as coming from Painted Rocks Road there is little to no parking outside of camping spots throughout the trail.
This is a very short spur with a campground on the end of it, stay straight on the well maintained trail.
Dead end spur, stay to the left.
Short spur with some camping, stay to the left.
Another dead end spur, stay to the left here.
After this intersection, there is some private property at 2.4 Miles, please mind the signs. Stay straight here.
Intersection with the 357.H spur. Follow the trail to the right.
Intersection wth 717.A for small vehicles. Stay straight along the trail.
Intersection with 357.H. It looks like the trail goes up to the right but it does not. It’s only a campground. Stay left.
Intersection with FS 357.F, stay straight.
Intersection with FS 357.B. Stay to the right here.
There are some logging operations going on here. Be careful when going through the area. The logging is expected to last through the 2017 and maybe into the 2018 season. Stay to the right.
To the and right here are private drives. The signs are sometimes hard to see, and you should stay straight.
For this intersection, make sure to stay right on FS 357.
Intersection with FS 357.E. Stay straight.
Intersection with FS 357.D, stay to the left.
Intersection with 364. Stay straight.
There is some private property between this Waypoint and Waypoint 19. Stay straight.
As you come up on this Waypoint you may mistake the area for just a parking lot. There is a parking lot here, but to the right side of the lot in the back is the entrance for 357.C. Stay straight on the maintained road. This is the last, best place to air up if you've been on trails all day.
The trail ends in a residential area. There’s not a good place to air up here, you should stop at the parking lot at Waypoint 19.
Starting Point: Divide, CO
There is dispersed primitive camping all along Rule Ridge and the spurs off of it. The Painted Rock Campground is about 2 miles from the trailhead and offers paid camping sites with no services.