Hackett Gulch

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 05/13/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 22 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.95 miles
Highest Elevation: 8994 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 220
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District


Highlight: Hackett Gulch
This is the most well-known of the three trails that make up what is called “The Gulch Trails” in the area known as Wildcat Canyon near Divide, Colorado. Not only is it an obstacle-heavy trail, but Hackett also boasts some impressive scenery along the way. When the Hayman Fire of 2002 tore through this area, it wiped away much of the tree cover, opening the landscape to a unique view of the Colorado Mountains. The dense collection of rocky obstacles are a destination on to themselves and are a big draw. These large boulder obstacles are not prominent among many trails in Pike National Forest, which brings scores of wheelers from the Front Range looking for a challenge. You will get rocky ascents that require good tire placement and a rock climb with angles and features reminiscent of climbing rocks in Moab. The obstacles make this a local rite of passage, but the scenery makes it an adventure for everyone.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is marked by a large metal sign with the trail name on it just off the west side of Cedar Mountain Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Divide, Colorado

Head north on N Road/N Manchester Creek Road toward N Hybrook Road for 0.5 miles and take a slight left on Cedar Mountain Road. Follow this pavement for 9.6 miles to where dirt starts on Cedar Mountain Road. Follow the trail for 6.3 miles to Waypoint 8, the trailhead for Hackett Gulch.



Land Use Issues

This area has been in dispute since the 2002 Hayman Fire and is actively under dispute beyond the Park County line in 2020. Please see the link for more information about the history of Metberry Gulch and Wildcat Canyon as a whole.

Trail Reviews (47)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Sorry, not across the river, but the portion going back up the hill and looping back to the southeast to connect with Sportsman. Never crossing the river.
–Patrick McKay (05/22/2018)
–Colin (06/29/2018)
–Lauren Martin (05/26/2018)
–Lauren Martin (05/26/2018)
Q: According to Jerry at Predator 4WD, the South Hackett route was opened when the Forest Service opened FS220 to the river. Are you sure that section is closed? Mile High Jeep Club ran it last fall on an official trail run.
–Patrick McKay (05/22/2018)
–Lauren Martin (05/22/2018)
Q: What is the legal status of the old "South Hackett" trail, where FS220 curves back around to the southeast after the river (including the obstacle named "Widowmaker Hill")? Topo maps show this trail connecting to Sportsman 897 and FS202.
–Patrick McKay (03/28/2018)
–Ethan Smith (08/12/2019)
–Tracy Barker (04/14/2018)

Writer Information

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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