This is a great little trail that feels a little like a rollercoaster at a kids theme park. The large hill goes up and over a large rock formation and when you drop down on the other side of the hill, there is a beautiful meadow with a creek that you will cross on your way to Grouse Road (FS 354).
1. Rule Creek Shortcut (FS 355.AA) West Entrance
This trail is easy to spot off of The Upper Rule Creek Spur (357.B) along with the rollercoaster-like hill as soon as you hit the trail.
As soon as you pass over the hill, there is a rutted area and a large creek crossing at the bottom.
From the north, take Route 67 to Painted Rocks Road and head west towards Rule Ridge (FS 357). Once there, take a left and follow the trail to Waypoint and turn left to get on to the Lower Creek Spur (FS 357.B). Follow the Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.B) until you reach Waypoint and turn right up the hill.
From the south, take Route 24 to Northridge View (CR 5) and turn right onto Rule Ridge (FS 357) at the southern entrance. Once there, take a right and follow the trail to Waypoint and turn left to get on to the Lower Creek Spur (FS 357.B). Follow the Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.B) until you reach Waypoint and turn right up the hill.
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.
This is a really fun short section. The hill is definitely quite the roller coaster. If you want to have fun on it I would advise having someone stand at the top to make sure nobody else is coming from the other side. You cannot see oncoming traffic until you are at the very top of the hill. We ran it quick but cautiously on our SxS's but last year I saw a lot of dirt bikes flying over it as a jump, so be careful. The water hole was about 10 inches deep today.
Ran through here while in the trail network. The trail is in good shape, however the creek is half-frozen over. We made it through fine with 4WD. If you find yourself back here with a 2WD vehicle, it would be best to turn around and head out Grouse back to pavement.
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?!'.