Rule Ridge

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 04/28/2019
4/5 (3 reviews)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 2-2
(EASY)
Length: 9.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 9057 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 357
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
Distance:
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Highlights

Highlight: Rule Ridge

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.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: 2-2
(EASY)

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.

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Description

This is a roughly 10 mile, long dedicated 4WD and OHV trail that connects a number of camping spurs and other trails, The trail is graded dirt all the way through and is easy enough for most vehicles, though beware of washboards and a few areas of heavy rutting. The trail starts out in the Haymen burn area and weaves it's way back into forest towards the end.

Waypoints

1. Rule Ridge/Creek FS 357 Trailhead

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.

2. Intersection with 357.K (1 mi)

This is a very short spur with a campground on the end of it, stay straight on the well maintained trail.

3. Intersection with 357.L (1.1 mi)

Dead end spur, stay to the left.

4. Intersection with 357.A (1.2 mi)

Short spur with some camping, stay to the left.

5. Intersection with 357.J (2 mi)

Another dead end spur, stay to the left here.

6. Intersection with 358 (2.6 mi)

After this intersection, there is some private property at 2.4 Miles, please mind the signs. Stay straight here.

7. Intersection with 357.H (3.8 mi)

Intersection with the 357.H spur. Follow the trail to the right.

8. Intersection with 717.A (4.6 mi)

Intersection wth 717.A for small vehicles. Stay straight along the trail.

9. Intersection with 357.H (4.9 mi)

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.

10. Intersection with FS 357.F (6.7 mi)

Intersection with FS 357.F, stay straight.

11. Intersection with FS 357.B (6.8 mi)

Intersection with FS 357.B. Stay to the right here.

12. Intersection with 357.B (7.1 mi)

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.

13. Intersection with Private Drive (7.7 mi)

To the and right here are private drives. The signs are sometimes hard to see, and you should stay straight.

14. Intersection with FS 962 (8.1 mi)

For this intersection, make sure to stay right on FS 357.

15. Intersection with FS 357.E (8.3 mi)

Intersection with FS 357.E. Stay straight.

16. Intersection with FS 357.D (8.8 mi)

Intersection with FS 357.D, stay to the left.

17. Intersection with 364 (8.85 mi)

Intersection with 364. Stay straight.

18. Intersection with 355 (8.9 mi)

There is some private property between this Waypoint and Waypoint 19. Stay straight.

19. Intersection 357.C & Parking Lot (9.6 mi)

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.

20. End of Trail At CR 5 (9.9 mi)

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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.101461, -105.132798

Starting Point: Divide, CO

Take Highway 24 and head northwest to Highway 67 and then north towards West Creek. Turn left on Painted Rocks Road, 7 miles north of Woodland Park.

Camping

Dispersed

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.

Camping: Rule Ridge

Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups were suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is an illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. 30 roads have been partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next few years. Those trails affected have been noted here at trailsoffroad.com. It is imperative that the OHV community makes their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shut down, some already have. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Contact your Congressperson and Senator as well. They know how important the OHV community is to the economy of the state.

Writer Information

Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ has been upgraded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.

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Trail Reviews (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Rule Ridge is dry all the way through and there was just a lot of ATV & Motorcycle traffic. There are no major changes to report on this trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Went down to the area to just get away for the day and hit some fresh snow on the trails. Only a few inches along the entire trail and not icy at all. The trail appeared to be well used for the day although we only saw tracks and only a couple other vehicles. Beyond the awesome views of Pikes Peak, this trail is super mellow even with the snow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a great day on Rule Creek. We set out to check this trail and others in the area for damage since we were last there and check on snow conditions. The trail is nearly all dry with a few spots of ice and snow that's been well traveled in the shade. There is nothing special to note on the trail different than the writeup at this time.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Drove this plus the more difficult loop 357B, 354, camped on the loop and it was fantastic conditions! A bit dusty but a nice trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran various portions of Rule Ridge while mapping side trails. Nothing significant to report and the trail was very dry.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Nice day as we used Rule Ridge to get to some side trails for mapping. Nothing significant to report and dry throughout.