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Metberry Gulch 4x4 Road

The easiest of the three “Gulches” in the area, this trail still has a few challenges.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  One of three trails in the area known as the "Gulches." The other two trails, Longwater and Hackett are only partially opened at this ... more »

Tips:  Novice drivers should have an experienced person along with them for advice. Conditions can deteriorate quickly on the steep slopes.

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Trail

First part of the trail twists and turns over relatively level terrain.

2. First Half is Mostly Easy

The first part of the trail goes through a wooded area that doesn’t present much challenge. Depending on the season & conditions, there could be a few ruts and/or puddles to contend with. There are a couple of minor creek crossings that are usually more mud and rock than water.

3. More Burn Damage on Second Half

About halfway through the trail you’ll emerge from thriving trees into the Hayman Fire from 2002. While some vegetation is starting to grow back, most of the trees in this area were burned. The trail soon begins steep descent to river. Trail is quite rutted and good articulation is necessary to stop from sliding excessively.

4. Chicken Scratch Hill and The Rock

After descending steep, narrow twisty section, the road turns hard right and goes straight down the mountain. This spot is called Chicken Scratch Hill. Conditions vary from fairly smooth to deep moguls that develop with use over time. After Chicken Scratch Hill, you encounter The Rock, a large slab of smooth rock but very steep. Traction is good... More

5. Continues Steeply Downhill to River

After The Rock, the trail remains steep a short distance as you drop to the river.

6. Picnic Area

This trail ends at the South Platte River with a very large parking area. It’s not uncommon for multiple groups to be hanging out by the river at the same time. Since the trail doesn’t take too long, this is a great place to have a picnic or let the dogs play in the water. Depending on the season the river can flow very rapidly, so it’s not... More