Metberry Gulch

4.7/5 (42 reviews)
Divide, Colorado (Teller County)
Last Updated: 05/13/2021
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Metberry Gulch and its neighboring trails are well-known in Colorado and often where experienced off-roaders will take newer ones to get some practice. Many consider this to be the easiest of the two trails, but it still has two obstacles of its own to tackle. The notch obstacle isn’t difficult, but Chicken Scratch Hill is an intimidating rock slab for first-timers, especially on the way back up the trail. Near Divide, Colorado, it is part of the ‘gulch trails’ in Wildcat Canyon just off Cedar Mountain Road. The Hayman Fire of 2002 scarred much of this area, opening up the landscape and scenery. The trail rides a ridge down the canyon wall with sweeping views of the canyon and nearby trails on nearly all sides. If you can stomach the obstacles, this trip through the burn area can make for a day of relaxing driving, lots of scenery, all while still throwing a couple of challenges at you along the way. Make sure to add Metberry Gulch to any list of must-do Colorado trails.

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4.7/5 (42 reviews)
Lair
1300
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Little bit of snow on the trail making it slick in some spots. Chicken scratch hill was dry. Few spots on the trail hit 30° incline.
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Lair
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Lair
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Canyon with 2.5F/1.5R lift kit, RTT, and stock (30) AT tires. Aired down to 32 (had a mild side cut in front right) and had no problems with the ride. Very novice driver with very experienced spotters. Off camber bit was a butt pucker moment but doable. Chicken scratch was fine but required wheel placement on the ride down. My group had a stock 80's Cherokee run and gun it down and up no problems. Some parts uphill were gnarly, requiring 4 Low and throttle control on rocky parts. A lot of fun, but a little nerve racking at times for a new driver in a daily truck. Great learning experience and incredible views. I had run all 3 gulches in a SXS before this but a medium truck was a whole new technical experience.
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Matt Fogarty
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is dry except for a puddle at the beginning with cut logs in it. Otherwise, no snow or mud. Low and slow is the best way to go. Stayed in 4Lo in first and second gear most of the time. Only locked the rear lockers once when ascending Chicken Scratch Hill due to loose gravel at the bottom.
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Tynan Olonan
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Tynan Olonan
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Mile Hi Jeep club Patrol 21's Joe Strickland lead a great Greenhorn run on Metberry gulch. Greta crew of club members and Non Members, goes down to a great river and possible camping spot, although you probably will have lots of people coming in and out of your camp at the bottom. Trails is easy and fun good day great weather spectacular views although alot of it is burn area so still recovering..... dont miss this one its worth it.
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Ben Thompson
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Ben Thompson
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Status: Open
Visited: 08/22/2021

Ran MBG with a 2021 JLURD on 37” BFGs last night without any issues. Noticed the ruts were a little deeper this year. Some good camping spots!
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Grant Applegate
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Grant Applegate
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