Grouse Road

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.51 miles
Highest Elevation: 9121 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 354
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Grouse Road
This trail near Woodland Park is an alternate way in to or out of the network of trails off of Rule Ridge (FS 357) Trail, however, it’s best run as an out and back while in the network of trails off Rule Ridge (FS 357) and surrounding trails. Grouse Road starts in a beautiful valley with a meadow and creek. In the spring it can be quite vibrant and the water quite deep. After the scenery and first mile or so, there is enough challenge that it is a fun trail for a]those with stock vehicles. It's also fun for those with built rigs just looking for a fun day in the woods who wants to flex a little bit without going hardcore.

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Waypoints

1. Grouse Road (FS 354) Start (0 mi)
Grouse Road (FS 354) can be run in either direction but this guide describes it from north to south starting on Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.B), Waypoint 7 . Turn left off of Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.B) Waypoint 7 onto Grouse Road (FS 354) and head downhill into a scenic valley and cross a small creek.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Divide, CO

Head north on N Rd/N Manchester Creek Rd for roughly 5.0 miles until you reach Rule Ridge (FS 357) and bear right onto that trail's southern entrance. Drive north for a mile to the Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.A) trailhead and turn right. Follow Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.A) 'backwards' until you reach Waypoint 5 and turn right to start the trail.

Camping

Dispersed

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.

Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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
Social Media:
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
This trail is at a high altitude within the state of Colorado and has no maintainence. As such, this trail should be considering impassable until spring.
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
We spent the day checking in on trails we have written up in this area. Grouse Road is in good shape there are no major changes to report from the writeup. This trail is a really fun trip through the forest, we nearly forgot how much actually. It's not traveled as much and is usually free of ATV and Motorcycle traffic.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
We only traveled between waypoints 1 and 4 and turned around because we wanted to return to Deckers and not go into Divide, but this trail was an awesome winter run! The tight trees gave you such a remote and lonely feeling! It was awesome. Even if it was dry without snow, the scenery is cool and several steep climbs would easily entertain anyone in a stock to modified vehicle.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
This trail is open all the way through with just some snow and ice in shady spots.

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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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