Predator

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 04/01/2021
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 9169 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 895
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Platte Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Predator
Predator Trail is one of the under-appreciated trails in the area because it doesn’t feature any major obstacles and isn’t all that long. It’s named for the company that sponsors trails in the area and is used more as an access route to ATV and walking paths rather than wheeling. Despite this, the trail is a nice short out and back with some amazing views. Each gulch trail offers different views of the valley and these are just as spectacular and easier to get to if you aren’t looking for a really rough day on the trail and would just like some views with mild technical areas.

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Waypoints

1. Predator Trailhead (0 mi)
This is the intersection of Cedar Mountain Road and Predator Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Colorado Springs, CO

West on Highway 24. Continue about 25 miles passing through Woodland Park until you reach Divide. Make a right onto County Road 5. A short way down this road, make a slight left onto County Road 51 (Cedar Mountain Road). About 3 miles down, the road will appear to fork, be sure to keep right onto County Road 51. Travel down this road, which will eventually turn to dirt, for 6.7 miles. This road intersects with CR 3 and Cedar Mountain OHV begins here. Stay straight to go on the trail towards Predator. Travel 4.3 miles into the trail to get to the trailhead.

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Land Use Issues

This area is part of the Hayden Burn area. Great pains were taking by companies, people, and 4x4 groups to open these trails after the fire that decimated that area. It's extremely important that people follow Stay the Trail guidelines. We've made note of some areas of apparent off-trail usage, please do what you can to help keep these trails open to all. This area is also part of the 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. Search of Ongoing Media Coverage On going Forest Service Information About The Project

Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
As of 4/1 it is safe to say this trail is open, though winter and spring snow may still exist on the trail. Never go out without others and recovery gear, but enjoy spring in Colorado!
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
This trail is located at a higher alitude of Colorado and at this time of year should be considered impassable for any regular off-road user. Some people may be able to manage these trails with the correct gear, emergency equipment, and rig. Travel with caution.
Author:
Status: Not Reported
Offroaded on:
One correction to this write up: At the end of the authorized full-size route (waypoint 7), the motorcycle only trail NSFT 736 (Noname) begins. This write-up states it is a hiking trail, but that is incorrect. The 2019 MVUM shows it as a motorcycle/dirt bike trail. Motorcycles may take Trail 736 down to the MVUM endpoint at the Teller/Park County line, which is right before the junction with the currently closed portion of FS 220. Currently it is an out-and-back trail. This may change with the final outcome of the Pike San Isabel NF travel management process. As currently drafted, the preferred alternative C would open part of FS 220 in Park County to allow this motorcycle trail to be run as a loop back to FS 897. Efforts are underway to get to the Forest Service to open all of FS 220 to reestablish the rest of the original southern loop with Hackett Gulch, but it will be a tough fight.
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Not our favorite trail but fun to run because it's not that busy even on a weekend. It's an easier way to get to the views of the South Platte River thank Hackett or the others and was more appealing for the parents who were with us.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Current trail conditions are great. Very little to no mud currently on Predator. The biggest challenge right now is identifying the end of the trail. There appears to be a bit of vehicle traffic that is going beyond the trail end and onto the hiking trail. Outside the issues of staying on the trail. The hiking trail ends up being switch backs with a high tilt. There is also no or very small turn around areas beyond this point.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Hi guys my jeepbis broken and would like to fish hackett gulch do u guys know the back way not thru predator where i can make it on my truck?
–Al caz (10/17/2018)
–JD Marshall (10/18/2018)

Writer Information

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 had to be traded 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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