Metberry Gulch

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 05/17/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4 miles
Highest Elevation: 8595 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Divide
Nearest Town w/ Services: Divide
Official Road Name: 205
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Metberry Gulch
Metberry Trail is the easiest of the three Gulch trails. The route provides great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys as it traverses along the ridges. There are only a few obstacles along the trail which makes for a pretty easy day. The end of the trail takes you to a spacious area by the South Platte River to hang out, each lunch, and enjoy nature.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Heading North on County Road 51 for 7.7 miles you'll find the trailhead on the left. The sign is pretty small and a little ways off the main road so it may be easy to miss. You can see the truck in this photo parked near the sign. This trail also has a gate that is closed seasonally. As with all trails, road conditions can change dramatically with the weather. While this first section is pretty straight forward when dry, it can get extremely muddy when wet. So proceed with caution.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.102597, -105.277056

Starting Point: Colorado Springs, Colorado

From Colorado Springs, on I-25 take exit 141 to Highway 24 and head West. Continue about 25 miles passing through Woodland Park until you reach Divide. Make a right onto County Road 5. A short ways down this road make a slight left onto County Road 51 (Cedar Mountain Road). About 3 miles down, the road will appear to fork, be sure to keep right onto County Road 51. Travel down this road, that will eventually turn to dirt, for 6.7 miles. The road will fork again with an additional (sharp turn) road on the left. Continue on the middle road (Still County Road 51). You are now entering the OHV area. Please be aware of ATVs and Dirt Bikes, and be considerate to campers alongside the road. The trail head is on the left after approximately 7.7 miles.

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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 are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they claim is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. It is imperative that the OHV community voices their interests on this issue. If we do nothing, those roads and trails may be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you.

Trail Reviews (29)

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Status: Open
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Tippy V-Notch has been filled in at the bottom so much less dramatic driver wheel drop and you can take a much farther left line to avoid sliding to the right, but better yet it also has a bypass. Steep hill but nothing unmanageable for stock vehicles. The bypass is right at the top of the hill before you go down to the right hand turn that leads to V-Notch - the trail forks right at the big steel tower, the bypass is to the right and links back with the trail about 20-30 yards from V-Notch. The ruts at the bottom and on the scrabbly downhill bit are a bit more challenging than anything else in my opinion. Take it slow, spot your line, and you'll be okay. In a stock 2011 Tacoma O-R with 2020 Tacoma O-R suspension up front. (adds about an inch lift in the front but you would be fine without it) Closest call was the chicken scratch hill, about a quarter inch from hitting underneath, but took it slow and did not high center down or up. Even seen a BMX X5 down at the bottom of the gulch totally stock and he said he just took it slow and made it down, so if you're nervous about taking this trail, take it easy, spot your line, get out if you need to, allow people to pass and go at your pace. Definitely worth the drive and will be going back. We made it late so we didn't get the best camp spot but still pretty. If you don't want to be around people at all though you should take advantage of one of the spots off the trail before you get to the bottom.

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Dusty, but otherwise a great trail with absolutely stunning views. The only trouble we had was at tippy rock in my stock TJ on 31s. Other than that, the rest was a breeze, with no trouble coming up or down.

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Fun and fairly easy trail! I agree that if there was rain, some of the loose gravel/slab rock would be a monster to get back up. I was probably over-prepared for "Tippy rock", but had no issues in a 35" JKUR or a K5 Blazer (stock with 33" BFGs) with the right line towards the inside rock. Going down chicken scratch hill, the K5 scratched the tow ball, but otherwise we had no issues getting down to the Platte river and doing some swimming - thanks to Steve for letting us use his grill after we forgot our hose! Going back up, we had significant trouble with the K5 due to the carb having trouble getting fuel on some of the steeper ascents. We ended up pulling the Blazer with tow ropes basically from the steep ascent right past chicken scratch hill, thanks to (2) very kind people helping us (Thanks, Joe (and family) and Christian and his partner) get the K5 back to level ground so it could drive home.

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Beginning at Cedar Mountain Road, the adventure travels west on Metberry Gulch Road. The track ends at a large parking area next to the South Platte River. A beautiful drive and well worth exploring.

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Ran this trail with my 2 door JK lifted 35s, Ram Rebel lifted 35s, stock TRD Pro Tacoma and a stock 4 runner. Most of the trail is easy although my buddy did get a bunch of pin-stripping on his full size. Not a bad out and back trail. The V notch obstacle (Tippy V-Notch Rock) appears to have changed significantly since the pictures have been taken for the original trail review. You definitely go up on 3 wheels (atleast the lines we took) We ended up taking the bypass on the way up. The pucker factor is real! :)

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The end of this trail at the river is a great spot, the trail itself has a few challenges, most vehicles will be 3-wheeling in a few spots.

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Great trail to test your vehicle. Note we had 2 open diff vehicles (jeeps) that needed help coming back up the hill. Nice spot by the river to hang out and maybe take a short hike into the canyon.

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First time out. Ran this trail with 6 other friends. No issues in my stock Tacoma TRD Offroad. Buddy's stock Land Rover Discovery had no issues as well. The V-Notch was a bit sketchy, going down. Let the right driver dip in and once the left driver tips in lift off and send her down.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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A vehicle flipped over this weekend on Metbury. This should serve as a reminder to everyone not to underestimate any trail.

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Awesome trail as always alot more washed out then when I went in January it was dry the whole way and the only part my fj had any bit of difficulty was near the very bottom where part of the trail was really washed out and was very tippy so a little pucker factor was was great overall

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Ran all three gulches over two weekends in early May. Trails change and it appears Metberry has gotten worse than described lately. I’ve provided my video Guide and review created thanks to information provided by trails offroad. It’s probably an accurate representation of the trail’s current conditions. Just note, a Ford Explorer needed winching in late May, a 2wd 4Runner needed winching, a Lifted JKU rolled over Requiring air support, and a lifted JKU we encountered while filming wrecked his fenders. I’d recommend Longwater over Metberry if you’re new to off-roading based on current conditions. The end of my video discusses my opinions on the three gulches as a whole in case you wanted a stock off-roader’s perspective.

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Open and BUSY. Lots of fun though. Ran the trail in a lifted Tundra, and it wasn't a problem at all. The only part that got tight was the Tippy V-Notch rock. It's been washed out significantly but nothing unmanageable. Definitely will run it again, but might not camp since it's so busy. Overall a good time.

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Had a blast on this trail. The V-rock was pretty difficult, especially going back up. It is pretty rutted out on the driver side headed out and has been dug up enough that the dirt is soft and deep. Had to keep mt passenger tire on the V "ridge" which puts the driver side panels treacherously close to taking damage as you exit out. There are some pretty significant scrapes on the V rock where others have hit it with their undercarriage. I'm on well worn 35's and I was glad I had a spotter. I bumped my hitch tube exiting "chicken scratch" too but that was mainly because of a poor line. After reading other reviews, I assumed I could just pull of it straight, but should have taken a bit more angle to driver heading out the bottom. We camped over night at the end. The river was beautiful and there was only one other camper. Fire wood was a bit slim in close but there was plenty if you are willing to work for it. My kids loved it.

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Good conditions. All the recent reviews are spot on. Ran this with friend in a Wrangler Sport 2.5" lift and 35s and myslef in a stock Tacoma OR. The rear locker on the Tacoma helped make this trail very easy, and even got to test out the crawl control features which made the uphill sections on the way back a breeze. Only scraped the skid plate once on the way back up chicken scratch hill. Follow the trail advice on taking the left line of the V notch (on the way down) if you want to avoid body damage. Jeeps and other well capable vehicles with a short wheel base can choose just about any line and not worry too much.

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Trail was in good shape today as I ran this in my stock Chevy Avalanche. I tagged along with a group of Colorado FJs. I scrubbed the frame in a couple places that probably could've been avoided with a better line choice. I also scrubbed breaking over the top of Chicken Scratch hill going both up and down. I wish I had video of the climb up Tippy Notch as I got some pretty good air under the left front tire. Made it on the first try, though. I only backed up once all day and that was on a pretty steep undulating uphill that I tried an aggressive line originally.

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We had a great time at Metberry Gulch with the WJ and a buddy's WK. The trail is pretty mild for the most part, but there are a few spots that can get tricky. The slab is pretty steep, but no problem as long as it is dry. There is a bypass if it starts raining while you are at the river. The v-notch rock was definitely the toughest part of the trail, and it took several attempts with the Grands to get back up. Wheels came off the ground, and very little clearance on the inside rock. With a gang of weekend traffic, and winches on standby, it was a lot of fun. Solo would have been stressful, bring a friend or two. Lockers would definitely help here. Under good conditions a stock 4x4 can run this trail with good line selection and have very little issue, but mud, ice or snow can turn this one into a beast. Good tires really help.

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I drove my Suburban out from Michigan with my Dad. Being from the midwest, I really wanted to get my hands dirty on a real "Trail" For a first timer...boy this place was a blast. We did do it solo, which I was worried about, but I just kept telling myself *It's rated as easy, and I've seen videos of stockers complete this* Pictures on here do no justice to the inclines. If you've never been out west, or on rocks before...the 3 obstacles are a bit much to roll up to. Even the forest service road that gets you here...Cedar something or other road, was a trail for midwest standards. Trail was very dry, no puddles or logs in the first part. We had to move a couple trees out of the way but seems normal for the area. Honestly I was more afraid at tippy rock, and the long steep gravel hill than the slab. The slab was a breeze. I think longer wheelbase actually helps there, and the fresh grade a couple years back. There was a decent rocky drop that came after the slab, but before the end at the river that I feel should be noted. Suburbans are long, but i slammed by hitch worse here than anywhere else. I also tried the advise here of staying on the rocks for tippy rock, and not to closer into the apex of the turn, but it was a rough drop. I didn't have a spotter though. Coming back up, we rode the inside of the turn, and it should be noted the massive suburban didn't have any body clearance issues. All in all I made the whole trail seemingly without any wheelspin even. Didn't have to reset on any lines, or re try any hills. Vehicle is set up well though - 1988 1/2 ton suburban 2" spring lift, OD trans with 4.10. Truetrac rear and a locker up front with 33x10.5 BFG KO2 Did the best I could with pics. My dad is 68 and didn't quite figure out my phone lol and I was concentrated on making it through Colorado rules!

Author: Official Crew
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Trail is open and in good shape all the way though.

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We ran this trail with a stock Xterra, my XJ, and a modified T100 pickup. With careful tire placement we probably could've taken my wife's stock Ford Explorer on this trail. Pretty views, there is a large area to park and picnic by the river at the end. I could see how this could be much more difficult if there were ice or snow on the ground. The large rock known as Chicken Scratch Hill is steep and would be much more difficult in slick conditions. Easy run for a family outing or to get beginners familiar with wheeling.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail is in very good shape. Most of the more difficult obstacles have been graded as mentioned before so it's a really fun and easy run for anyone with low range and decent ground clearance.

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Nice little trail - went back there to do some fishing and found the trail to be fun. The easy path around chicken scratch hill is no longer usable and washed out. The secondary route is in good shape and bit more fun than going over the rock. There are several very steep sections hence the 4 rating. The V rock is no longer an obstacle - it has been repaired and I did not know that I passed it until I saw it in my rear view mirror.

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Completed the run today with The Colorado Four Wheelers group. 20+ rigs ran the trail. Had a stock jeep and FJ Cruiser in the group with us and they handled the trail pretty well. No snow on the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Had a great trip down Metberry Gulch with the Colorado Land Cruisers (Colorado Springs). 14 rigs in total including FJ40s, FJ60s, FZJ80s/LX450s, UZJ100/LX470s, and even a new 200-series Land Cruiser, plus Tacoma, and a couple of Jeeps. Road conditions are packed snow over 50%, and some areas are clear and dry. The rock slab (Chicken Scratch Hill) at Waypoint 5 has been "repaired" so there is no longer a deep rut present.

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Went here with my stock 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) and this trail almost ate my Jeep alive. I kind of wished that there was a more vivid description between Point 1 and Point 2 (A long part of the trail is missing in this trail analysis). The trail didn't seem that hard to me at first when viewing this page on the web, but not knowing what was in between that large gap missing in the trail description caused my Jeep and I to almost get stuck. There's actually some really nice, intense downhill, logs to crawl over, and rocky parts that should be noted in between this section. During our time on this trail, the trail was quite muddy and slippery with definitely lots of ruts and bumps (which my Jeep had no problem dealing with at first). My Jeep eventually bottomed out on a 9 inch rock in between Point 1 and Point 2 but luckily she was able to pull herself out with her traction control and that was when I decided we needed to turn around and get back up. We didn't know what else would lie ahead before we would reach Point 2 of this trail web page analysis so we decided not to risk it. Overall I'd say this trail was pretty fun while it lasted for my stock Jeep. I'll definitely come back here once my Jeep has more armor on her. The trail is truly like a log jamboree in between Points 1 and 2 that can easily stop some stock vehicles such as my Jeep, and also includes some steep downhill moments and some places where you might be a little tilted depending on how you take the obstacles.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was mostly dry with a few patches of snow here and there from the most recent storm a few days prior. It drizzled off and on the entire time we were on the trail. The trail was in good shape and Chicken Scratch Hill is definitely getting a little washed out at the bottom making it a good spot to get some air under the back tires. We had a fairly stock JKU in our group that was on 33s, no lockers, no swaybar disconnects, and it handled everything just fine going down and coming back up.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Windy and colder as the day went on. Just a little ice and snow at the start of the trail. It starts to get icy around 4 right now with the sun starting to go down. No ice or snow on the tougher parts of the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Visited Metberry Gulch with seven Toyota's from the Colorado Land Cruisers Club; we had two 4Runners, two Tacomas, one FJ80, one LX450, and one FJ60. Trail conditions were mixed, with snow and mud near the trailhead, and dry conditions from the midpoint to the end at the South Platte River. Weather was fantastic with temperatures in the 50's and low 60's by the afternoon. Despite snow and wet conditions on some segments, we experienced no problems with traction. Traffic on Metberry Gulch was very light; aside from our group of seven, we saw only two Jeeps and two motorcycles.

Author: Official Crew
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A great trail to test yourself a little. My stock JK made quick work of the obstacles on this course. While I have never run this before, the trail report is accurate and the trail is open all the way through to the river when we went down.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I visited Metberry Gulch on March 19th, 2016, as a scheduled trail ride with Colorado Land Cruisers (Colorado Springs). Temperatures were just below freezing, and it was snowing heavily when we approached the trailhead that morning. Snowfall tapered off by late morning, and there were breaks in the clouds by afternoon exposing soft blue skies. Trail conditions were better than expected, snow accumulation was greater at the trailhead, and appreciably less at the river. We had no significant issues with traction. The scenery was fantastic--contrasting reddish stones and soil, and dark green Ponderosa's with the fresh white snow. We saw two Rocky Mountain elk cross the trail before the lead vehicle. That was a treat for the drivers toward the front of our group. Video clip by Andrew F., courtesy of Colorado Land Cruisers.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Has anyone taken an off-road tear drop camper through Metberry Gulch down to the river? I would be pulling with a lifted 35" JKUR - for comparison sake, I made it a little over halfway up the Top of the World trail in Moab with the same setup and think I could have made it further if needed. Thanks
–Grant Applegate (08/04/2020)
Q: Can someone offer me an opinion on how easy/safe it would be to get an ATV (AWD foreman) down to the river and back via metberry gulch. I would likely be traveling solo with my fishing gear. Trip reports are mixed. Appreciate any opinions and insight.
–Jeff (09/16/2017)
–Lauren Martin (09/16/2017)

Writer Information

Lauren Martin

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Lauren Martin started offroading as a small child with her father in a 1996 Toyota Tacoma in the beautiful state of Colorado of which she now calls home. Like many, once they first made the trek to Moab, Utah, they were addicted. Still a lover of all things Toyota, especially Tacoma's, Lauren now has a Tacoma of her own that she enjoys on the trails of Colorado and makes the journey to Moab yearly. Rig: 1998 Toyota Tacoma 3.4L V6 TRD 33" BFG KM2s Siped, 16" TRD Ivan Stewart Wheels, ADS Racing Shocks 2.5" Extended Travel Coilovers with Reservoirs, Total Chaos Uniball Upper Control Arms, All-Pro 3" Rear Suspension Kit, Rear E-Locker, Tundra Brake Upgrade, Trail Gear Front Stinger Bumper and Sliders, CBI Offroad Rear Tube Bumper, Smittybilt XRC8 Winch, Skid Row Offroad Front and Transmission Skid Plates, Low Range Offroad E-Locker Guard, Rock Lights, Rigid DOT/SAE Fog Lights, CB/PA, Custom Satoshi Grille with 12" LED Light Bar
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