Manchester (Manchester Creek)

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 05/17/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 9024 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 364
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Platte Ranger District
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Highlight: Manchester (Manchester Creek)
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.



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1. Manchester Creek (FS 364) East Entrance (0 mi)
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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.011292, -105.165497

Starting Point: Divide, CO

Head north on Manchester Creek Road (Don't let this street name confuse you, it changes into the trail and its name). After 4.4 Miles of housing, the road turns into forest and it becomes Rule Ridge. Follow Rule Ridge (FS 357) to Waypoint 17 and turn left at the sign to get on the trail.



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 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 (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We were out in the area to get out of the house and check on trails in the area. There are no major changes to the trail to report at this time. There was a significant amount of small vehicle traffic all day.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Beautiful day today on this trail. A lot of dirt bikes and ATV's.... needed to be careful not to get in accident. May be crowded due to Covid 19? People need to get away. ....Saw 2 Moose on Trail Creek Road! Didn't know you guys had them down here! Easy enough trail for my Tundra.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is technically opened, but we could only complete 8 of the 10 miles on this trail. We traveled north to south. We bogged down and had to use our recovery gear at the intersection of FS 362 and 364. Snow was easily 20-24" deep and Toyota Tundra was too heavy to get thru it. We also ran into deep snow once you past the house on the private property as the trail was not maintained after that. Plenty of ATVs and side by sides running it, but our heavy vehicles struggled in spots.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We ran Manchester while checking on trails in the area. The was a lot of ATV and Motorcycle traffic there today. This one is totally dry and there are no major changes to report on the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail remains in good shape and doesn't have much snow. The creek has frozen but is broken near the northern end of the trail. We made it through with a lift and big tires rather than turn around. Note, there is private property on this trail and we encountered more than just the signs on this trip. There were children on the road near the house and when we slowed down to make sure they were moving, two dogs rushed the Jeep, barking, baring teeth and growling. One dog jumped at my window at least once before the owner got them to finally back off. We will be filing a complaint and I fear what would have happened if I had no doors on the Jeep. Be careful when traveling this section of trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We ended our day traveling through Manchester Creek trail. The sun going down provided some great pictures and amazing views. The trail was dry all the way through.

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Jen & 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 has been upgraded 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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