Metberry Gulch

4.7/5 (40 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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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (40 reviews)
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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Status: Open
Visited: 06/13/2021

Short, fun trail down to the South Platte River. Only really one obstacle at Waypoint 8 that requires taking the right line. I did it in a lifted 4Runner but not sure I took the right line!! Got up on 3 wheels on the way up hugging the inside left line closest to rock. A little hairy but all good in the end. Cool views on this trail and nice picnic spot for the family by the river.
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Joseph Vallier
Trail Review: Metberry Gulch - Joseph Vallier
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Status: Open
Visited: 06/07/2021

First time out in my new (to me) FJ62 trying to do a shakedown on it and see how it performed. I haven't been out on a trail for a very long time and it was such a blast to do this one first! Ignorance is bliss because we cruised right through the v-notch (I was in it before I realized it) on the way down. Chicken scratch hill was a bit daunting not being able to see as you go over, but man what a rush. I loved it. We were determined to get down to the South Platte and do some fishing and spend the night, so it was a relief when we got down to the camping area and practically had it to ourselves. On the way back up I did take the bypass for the v-notch and managed to make it up the mud hill and cross the poorly logged creek.

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