Metberry Gulch

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 05/13/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 23 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.49 miles
Highest Elevation: 8597 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


Highlight: Metberry Gulch
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins at a large triangle-shaped intersection with 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 Moutain Road. Follow this pavement for 9.6 miles to where dirt starts on Cedar Mountain Road. Follow the trail for 7.7 miles to Waypoint 4, the trailhead for Metberry 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 (39)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Thanks JD. Do you know if camping is allowed off the spur road between waypoints 8 and 9? There's a big turnaround right at the end of that spur road and it looks like it'd be a nice camp spot along the big rocks at the top of the canyon with some tree cover.
–Sean (05/24/2021)
–JD Marshall (05/25/2021)
Q: Now that the v-notch has gotten worse / more washed out, how difficult is the off camber left had rock section of the obstacle if you'd like to avoid the more difficult v-notch? I'm traveling with a few friends that have stock 4-Runners and they're not very experienced with obstacles such as the v-notch so I don't want to subject them to something where they could potentially go on 3 wheels or even flip.
–Sean (05/24/2021)
–JD Marshall (05/24/2021)
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)
–JD Marshall (05/24/2021)
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

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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