This trail, buried in Pike National Forest, is a short one that, when combined with Rankin (FS 355), connects Rule Ridge (FS 357) all the way through to Phantom Creek & Signal Butte Loop. This trail doesn't offer major obstacles and is a good choice for someone trying to overland through the area as opposed to hardcore off-roading. There are some amazing views along the way once you break through the trees and enter the Hayman Burn area, from the top of this trail you can see far into the valley where the burn occurred, giving you an idea of the scope of that fire. This view alone makes this trail worth traveling.
Phantom Sale 1 offers a little bit of a challenge along the way and it allows for easy travel around the trail system in the Teller County area.
From Divide, go north on 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 and further along on the right, Rule Ridge (FS 357)'s entrance. Turn left at the first trail entrance of the three to follow Rankin (FS 355).
Follow Rankin for 3.4 Miles and the trailhead for Phantom Sale 1 is on the right and inclines around a corner.
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.
Hit this trail on my way to Rankin. Pretty fun dirt trail with some spots a little more rutted out. Ends with a little bit of a steep loose gravel portion that seems a little tight if you had a full size vehicle.
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?!'.