Longwater Gulch

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 05/06/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.94 miles
Highest Elevation: 9009 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 221
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District


Highlight: Longwater Gulch
Sometimes the middle child gets left out, but even though Longwater is the middle of the three ‘gulch’ trails, it stands on its own as a destination. This trail offers a step up in terms of difficult obstacles and sweeping views of the valley. The scenic stop at waypoint 4 gives you views of Wildcat Canyon as a whole, and portions of Metberry Gulch Trail to the north, and Hackett Gulch Trail to the south. While you can spend plenty of time taking pictures along the way, the obstacle is the part that's likely to take your breath away. This rock face is similar to Metberry’s ‘Chicken Scratch’ obstacle, but a little larger. This rock has multiple lines to the top but no bypass. Traction is essential here, but in good conditions, this is really more of a mental obstacle. It looks and feels steep going down, and there are plenty of moments where all you see is the sky when climbing back up. Running this obstacle and enjoying the scenery can be an all-day adventure, or add Metberry or Hackett to your day for even more rocky views.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the northwest side of Cedar Mountain Road and is accessible from either direction.

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 Moutain Road. Follow this pavement for 9.6 miles to where dirt starts on Cedar Mountain Road. Follow the trail for 8.6 miles to Waypoint 5, the trailhead for Longwater 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 (27)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Looks like Hackett is open to the river, is longwater still closed past the county line?
–dwight (08/08/2018)
–Lauren Martin (08/09/2018)
Q: At one time, it appeared you could drive across the river. Is that not the case now?
–Todd (07/05/2017)
–Lauren Martin (07/06/2017)

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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