|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||9024 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Divide|
|Official Road Name:||364|
|Management Agency:||United States Forest Service|
|District:||South Platte Ranger District|
Manchester Off-Road Trail is situated in Pike National Forest. It provides you with scenic views of Manchester Creek with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. As a stark reminder to always pay attention to forest fire danger, this trail starts off in a lush forested area and ends in the burn area of the infamous Hayman Burn which scorched over 138,000 acres in 2002. The area burned so hot that nothing grew for many years and it's just now starting to show signs of the forest coming back. This growth means that over the next several years, you can expect that nearly every time you go out, the views on this trail will change.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail is typically wet and muddy in places in the forested sections during the spring runoff.|
|Summer:||Trail is dry all the way through and dusty in the burn area.|
|Fall:||Trail gets snow in the fall but is maintained a little and doesn't build up.|
|Winter:||Trail has snow and ice on it in places thought nothing too deep.|
Coming in from the south, take a left at the intersection of Manchester Creek (FS 364) & Rule Ridge (FS 357) at the sign to start the trail.
Stay straight here. These "900" series roads look like trails but are actually just long campsite drives. These spots are good for campers and the like.
Keep straight along Manchester here. This small offshoot is called Rideout which we believe ends at Private Property. As soon as trailsoffroad.com has confirmation of this trail's openness, we will update the system.
Stay straight here, this is another small offshoot that is marked by the Forest Service the same as the last Waypoint, but does not appear on Forest Service Maps. trailsoffroad.com cannot conclude at this time if this second entrance is valid.
Stay straight here. This is more camping. Note that between miles 2.2 and 2.8 is private property. There is a large sign to indicate where the forest area ends and starts back up. Mind those private property notices.
Stay straight, an entrance to the 717.A ATV/Small Vehicle trail exists here and then there is there is some dispersed camping along the way until you reach private property at 4.8 miles.
Stay straight here here and do not try to enter the 717.A ATV/Small Vehicle trail, Phantom Creek & Signal Butte Loop. The next .4 miles is shared with the 717.A OHV trail. Be on the lookout here for riders and people on foot.
You should stay to the left here at any point that looks like you can turn to avoid confusion. This is a complex intersection with multiple roads overlapping and intersecting. For more, read on. Phantom Creek & Signal Butte Loop, 717.A, and 717.B Small Vehicle trails all intersect and overlap ON Manchester Creek between Waypoints 8 & 9. Mind the GPX and these instructions and you'll stay on the right trail without a problem.
More camping, stay straight here.
Stay to the right here, on the left is Phantom Creek (FS 363).
This intersection can be confusing, you want to take a hard right and not straight.You will see down into a valley and 3 different roads to follow. Ignore the stream and the first left, you want to take the sharp right here and follow the rocks back up to stay on Manchester.
Follow the trail to the left here. The ruts on the right are for campsites on the short 972.
Stay straight this is another ATV/Small Vehicle trail.
Stay to the left here. Little Creek Ridge (FS 366) connects back to the town of West Creek. It shares the Signal Butte Trail (FS 717) for some period as well.
Stay to the right to stay on Manchester. This is another connection into the The Phantom Creek & Signal Butte Loop.
Stay to the right here. If you turn left, you will be stopped by a gate that can be hard to see from the trail.
Follow the trail to the right here. The trail ends just beyond this some wooden fencing that is protecting some private property. The intersection connects with Trail Creek Road (County Road 3). Across the road is Chestnut (FS 367) . That is not part of Manchester despite some online descriptions and old maps. Turn right to head north out of the trail system towards Deckers & Sedalia, and turn left to head south towards the Woodland Park area.
Starting Point: Divide, CO