Cedar Mountain Road

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 12/23/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 20.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 9303 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Other Shapes
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 360
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Park Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Cedar Mountain Road
This is a scenic drive that can take you all the way from West Creek down to Divide and even Colorado Springs. The drive dips and dives through parts of the Hayman Fire, one of the largest wildfires in Colorado History. The heat was so intense that some areas are just now really starting to show signs of life almost a decade later. It's a popular destination largely due to the access to Hackett, Longwater and Metberry Gulches. These trails tend to stay snow free or light in it and travel during the day can be rather easy. Since this trail is open year round and so are the gulches, you'll often find folks trying to fight off cabin fever with a quick run to this area. On top of the views, there are a lot of small trails off this road that you can lump together into a day of short runs, or you can combine Hackett, Longwater or Metberry in any combination for a fun day.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. West Creek Road Entrance (0 mi)
This road is one of the main ways into the trail. Since the turn by turn can be somewhat confusing to get to the trailhead once you leave pavement, we’ve included this quick few miles through a residential and wooded area on the way to the trailhead from the north, the Deckers area. Turn right onto West Creek Road here and down a small hill to the residential area. This entrance has a small area on the right side of the road that looks like it can be used for parking but there is a much more convenient and official area that you should wait for at the start of the trail near Waypoint 8, 3.7 Miles ahead. We’ve seen as many as 10 vehicles airing down here, however, we believe this is private property and, at some point, someone is likely to get upset that people are parking there at all. Please do not block private property traffic on this route.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.158614, -105.164122

Starting Point: Sedalia, CO

Take Highway 67 south and follow this all the way through Deckers. You'll follow the South Platte River for awhile until you have to go left to get to West Creek Road. The trail guide starts here where the pavement ends.

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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. Search of Ongoing Media Coverage

Trail Reviews (30)

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Status: Open
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Very icy most of the way. My XJ and buddy’s JK made it w/o issue. Be prepared and don’t go alone. Take the time to air down. Enjoy!

Author: Official Crew
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.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Beautiful as always. We took some family along this mild one for the fun of a first time off road as passengers. Sections continue to get rougher, not changing the rating, just making the overall trail bumpier.

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Status: Open
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Fun trail with plenty of good offshoots Luke Hackett Gulch and Longwater gulch. Ran it at night and the moon was super bright which was a cool effect.

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Status: Open
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Great trail we did it today on two adventure bikes. R1200GS and Triumph Tiger 1200. Great ride, lots of sand. But it was a blast.

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Status: Open
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Great trail with a few mild obstacles and fantastic views. Good for beginners and those still learning their rigs.

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Status: Open
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Long trail that gives you access to other trails in the area. The first is my favorite section with a great view, then it gest more boring and dusty with a lot of traffic from any kind of vehicle (RVs included!)

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Status: Open
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A great trail to take to connect to other smaller trails. Completed in a 91 ford explorer with 31 inch tires. Rocks were common throughout the trail but good tire placement makes it a breeze to get through. I do not have a lift kit yet and never had any issues with clearance and I'm sure and 4wd with good clearance can make it through no problem.

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Status: Open
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Me and my wifes favorite trail so far! Great ride and view. A little muddy right now. Found some great camping spots can't wait to come back to.

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Status: Open
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My new daily driver is a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ, completely stock, with 29" tires that really need to be replaced.......Time & Money;) From Westcreek I went south on Westcreek Road and then turned west on West Stump Road. After a short drive, I turned right onto Forest Service Road 360. This is known as Cedar Mountain Road. At some point once you cross into Teller County it turns from FSR360 to FSR51. I made it ok to the Metberry Gulch Trail head and the Longwater Gulch Trail head. I should have turned around then and drove back out........ but I didn't! The snow was too deep for no lift and the day was warming up causing me to drop through the packed snow instead of driving on top of it. Somewhere just north of Hackett Gulch Trail head, I got high centered and stuck in the middle of the road. No amount of digging was going to get me out. I was very lucky to have another group come up from the south and they pulled me out of the deeper snow. From there all the way south to Trail Creek Road, the snow was very deep and it was white knuckle until I was on bare ground. Lesson learned.........Do not wheel alone. Do not wheel without a winch and chains!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Jen and I went out for the first time in a few months and Cedar Mountain is easy in the winter, especially since there have not been a lot of snowstorms lately. The trail is packed well all the way through and there is more snow in general on the southern end of the trail but nothing very treacherous.

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Status: Open
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Great trail for a little snow wheeling, the trail is wide in most places. Not difficult at all even in the middle of winter.

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Status: Open
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Lots of Aspens filling in from the fire damage. Should be a great road in the years to come to view the fall colors. The road itself was very bumpy and washed out. Narrow in some places. Nice escape from the city though and access to great trails

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Status: Open
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fun trail. 1st trail to break in my 2019 4Runner TRD Off Road. Looking forward to adventuring down Metberry, Long Water and Hackett Gultch

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Status: Open
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The trail is bumpy in some spots but there are no obstacles. Some mud in spots which is always fun. We got a little confused with the directions, which created more fun. There are maps at the OHV unloading areas that are a big help. There were a lot of OHV using the trail today, some surprised us quickly on curves. So be careful.

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Status: Open
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Ran Cedar Mt. backwards from Florissant to Westcreek today. There is a decent amount of snow but trail traffic has cut a nice 2-track that just about any stock 4x4 can negotiate. Lots of standing water holes in the low spots. None are too deep or rutted. No washouts or damage to report. Just a beautiful sunny early spring day in the Jeep.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Great day in the snow but we only went a couple miles in before turning back due to time. The trail has plenty of snow on it but its decently packed thanks to the traffic.

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Status: Open
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This was a short New Year's Day trip. We went most of the way down Cedar Mountain Road, not quite to the Longberry Gulch trailhead. We took two vehicles, a JKUR with 33" tires (no lift) and a JKUR with 35" tires (2.5" lift). The road was dirt/light snow mix until the cedar mountain road trail head ( #8 on the review above). After this point the road is covered in snow, between 1 and 3 inches. We turned around just before the Longberry Gulch trail head due to time (almost sunset). The road was in great condition and not too slick. We did not encounter any deep snow or major washouts on this limited run.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail all the way through. Forest Service has repaired damage to the trail since the last time I ran it. 3-4 inches of snow in spots, but any stock 4x4 could make it through. Would reccomend to go up at this of year, but make sure to take and buddy and be prepared.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Took this on our way to the gulches. While much of the washout damage appears to have been fixed by the county, there is significant rutting on the area just before Metberry, this trail may get a small rating increase soon as a lifted Jeep only had decent clearance because of its lift.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Flash flooding has done a number on this trail. A message is in to find out they plan on filling in some of the washouts as the damage is heavy in areas. There appears to have been some attempt to keep up with it as there was a lot of fresh gravel on the trail in spots. For now, the trail should be considered a little rougher than normal and will shake you around.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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Took the parents up Cedar Mountain Road on the way to Divide/Woodland Park just for the views. The foliage is starting to come in! Expect a lot of trees to be in full bloom within the next two weeks. We will be back on this trail in a few weeks to do a new video for everyone after spring has sprung. Please note. do not drive through mud puddles at breakneck speeds!. There are four places along Cedar Mountain near the Divide side. All of these mud holes are dry, but the damage done in the wet season to the surrounding vegetation is there. There will need to be serious mitigation to keep all that foliage from dying due to being covered in mud. This kind of behavior is what causes trails to get closed, don't be a part of the problem.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail conditions are the same as yesterday. Took a picture of the worst of the frozen areas we found.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I traveled the portion of Cedar Mountain Road from Highway 67 (south of Deckers) to the trailhead for Metberry Gulch. Road conditions were mixed--some spots were dry, some were muddy, and others were packed snow. The most significant hazard was a large ice sheet approximately 1/4 mile south of Waypoint 10 where the road is partially shaded (north-facing slope).

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Took Cedar to Hackett and Longwater Gulches for the day. The trail was good all the way through but the washouts are getting very bad. At least one section is going to require repair soon as it's already down to a very small one lane pass. We will continue to monitor and reach out the to Forest Service who we did see packing up while we were on our way in.

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Status: Open
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The day my friends and I visited Cedar Mountain Road was extremely strange as the weather was rainy one moment, hailing one moment, then cloudy and thundering one moment. Eventually the weather straightened out which was good. The trail, although not technical at all, required a decent amount of ground clearance to get through as I had originally thought this road would be more of a flat road. The numerous hills on this trail will seriously test your breakover angle if your vehicle is stock or if your vehicle has a lower amount of ground clearance. It seemed like 2WD would've been ok to use but under rainy conditions, 4wd is definitely a necessity, as a JK Wrangler had rolled over during our visit on this trail. (The Wrangler driver misjudged how muddy and slick the flat trail was, she drove too fast, drove up a hill, and rolled the Wrangler over unfortunately) Lots of hills and great camping spots! The trail has some very scenic places as well. Adding rain into the mixture of this trail as well creates some really nice mud runs and some awe moments to capture in slow motion! (Just make sure not to go over the set speed limit on this trail which I believe is 25 mph and DO NOT tear up this trail by creating unnecessary mud ruts by going over the set speed limit)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran through Cedar Mountain on our way to Phantom Creek. Surpsingly, there is virtually no snow on the trail. There are areas that are wet.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Just passing through to an appointment in Colorado Springs since we took the scenic route. The vast majority of the trail is dry, there's a small section that's muddy and a little rutted.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Beautiful day on the trail. With only a little fresh powder and a lot of mud and water, the trail was clear and passable all the way through. Trees are falling, bring a saw. We removed two from the trail today.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was open all the way through and there was very little snow, though it did get icy as the afternoon wore on.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Can I take a 14' camper trailer along this? Or is there any good spots that I can set up camp around here?
–P (08/07/2020)
–JD Marshall (08/07/2020)

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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