Morgan

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.74 miles
Highest Elevation: 8940 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 355.B
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Platte Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Morgan
This short spur off Rankin (FS 355) in Pike National Forest ends up at a private property gate, but is worth adding to your day if you’re running trails in the area. The short trail is lightly traveled and not that busy, it has some scenic views towards the end especially in the spring.

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Waypoints

1. Morgan Trail (FS 355.B) Trailhead (0 mi)
Coming from the south on Rankin (FS 355), turn left at 1.0 miles. The trail is marked, but is behind a very large dual entrance. Check the pictures to see the intersection and where you’ll see the sign.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Colorado Springs, CO

Take Highway 24 to Divide and turn north on the paved portion of Manchester Creek Road. After 4.2 Miles of housing, the road turns into forest and trail, you'll see the official trailhead for Rankin (FS 355) on the left, the Manchester(FS 364) entrance, and further along on the right, Rule Ridge (FS 357)'s entrance.

Camping

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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 On going Forest Service Information About The Project

Trail Reviews (4)

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
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Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
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
Offroaded on:
Rating:
3-4 inches of fresh snow on 13 December. Once again this year, my local Toyota club supported the USFS Pikes Peak Ranger District (PPRD) and their annual Christmas Tree cutting event. We patrol the forest roads in the designated cutting area, report road conditions, and extract "stuck" vehicles if someone asks for help. The designated area this year was north Divide, where Rule Ridge (357) was the east boundary, Spring Creek (CR 3) was the west boundary, and CO 78 (Painted Rocks Road) was the north boundary. For three consecutive weekends (November 28-29, December 5-6, and December 12-13) we had club volunteers patrolling these Forest Roads. I was present each day (except December 5) and drove almost every road in this area (I drove all for which Trails Offroad has published a guide, except the southern end of Grouse Road/354).
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Rating:
Lovely day mapping this short spur. While it's nothing too technical or special, it was a nice detour for the day.

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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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