Sportsman FS 897

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3.8 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.24 miles
Highest Elevation: 9105 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: 897
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Park Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Sportsman FS 897
This trail off of Cedar Mountain Road is a short connector to what's left open of Old Stage (FS 220). It's not a long trail, nor is it well known, but it actually has some amazing views of the valley. The small obstacles are really quite easy for just about any stock High Clearance Vehicle. If you'd like to get away from the heavy traffic of Hackett Gulch, Longwater Gulch, and Metberry Gulch on a weekend, you can combine this trail with FS 202 for a full, fun, and semi-challenging day.

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Waypoints

1. Sportsman 897 Trailhead (0 mi)
There is a large lot and a gated entrance here. If the gate is closed, the trail and connecting trails are closed and you should not proceed past the gate.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Colorado Springs, CO

I-25 take exit 141 to Highway 24 and head west. 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, that will eventually turn to dirt, for 6.7 miles. The road intersects with CR 3 and Cedar Mountain OHV begins here. Stay straight to go on the trail towards Predator. Travel 2.9 miles into the trail to get to the trail-head.

Camping

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Land Use Issues

This area is part of the Haymen 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. This area is also part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the 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. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community let's their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Media Coverage On going Forest Service information

Trail Reviews (11)

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail today. Very easy, I think the rating on this trail might be incorrect. There also seems to be some confusion about where the trail ends and if it continues. Either way ran it down to the bottom and turned around at the gate (opened). I did accidently smoke a rock that was sticking out of the ground so don't take the easy path for granted.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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This trail is open, however, CAUTION. Colorado weather is unpredictable this time of year and there may be the occasional fresh snow fall or mud and melting snow. This trail is in an area of the state where snowfall levels have dropped for the season and the majority of the trails are dry, muddy and/or only have a small bit of snow on them. Again, please use caution if traveling on these trails until the dryer season.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Impassable
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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.
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Status: Open
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This trail was not too bad. I did hit two decent size rocks. I should have realized how big they were, got out and moved them. With that being said we were in an Arctic Cat side-by-side with a ground clearance of 11.5 inches. This trail had some really nice views. From here we connected to 202 so we did the loop back to Cedar Mountain Road. 202... Not as easy, you can read my review on that monster. This was a nice little drive though. I would recommend going past check point 4 because it is just a nice little valley drive.
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Status: Open
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Completed this trail in a 91 ford explorer on 31's. Trail was a little rocky and just fine towards the beginning. Make sure you lower tire pressure as some of the rocks can be sharp. Clearance was never an issue. Be carefull taking a right at the y towards the bottom of the trail as the trail going down the creek get steep fast. We made it halfway down roughly before I turned around due to not having any other vehicles around. Climbing out was a breeze in 4 lo with a limited slip rear axle but may be an issue and a open diff vehicle. Fun trail but very narrow, your going to scratch your vehicle up on some parts.
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Status: Open
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I ran this and 202 together as a loop. Overall this trail was extremely easy. A couple 5-6 inch snow drifts in spots made it fun, but nothing a stock 4x4 couldnt handle. Would reccomend driving this and 202 together. Gate to 220 is still open, but keep in mind, the river is still closed.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Weather was turning as we came up from the end of 202 and entrance to 220.a. There have been no significant changes to this trail though it should be noted that the amount of birch on this trail will make for a pretty fall run without to much difficulty.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Went out with the parents to check out the trail. Still a little snow in some of the crevices but nothing much of anything on the trail. The wind was kicking but the views were great.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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We didn't go all the way down 897, but the gate is open and the trail didn't look very snowy.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Ran 897 rosann check out FS 220. Trail was clear and nothing special to note other than the great views of the snowstorm in the mountains.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Ran this trail to see how much snow was there. We encountered nothing more than an inch of snow in places and nothing very treacherous.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I'm curious on what basis do you say the trail is closed beyond waypoint 4? The current MVUM shows this trail as open to the point where it intersects FS 202/220, so it should be possible to run those as a loop.
–Patrick McKay (05/11/2018)
–JD Marshall (05/22/2018)
–JD Marshall (05/11/2018)

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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