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Off-Highway Vehicles: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Park Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hackett Gulch Loop

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters) Cedar Mountain Road
Difficulty: More Difficult For expert drivers only.
Elevation Gain: 400 Feet (124.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters) Sportsman Road and Cedar Mountain Road
Length: 11.2 Miles (18.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 137 Pikes Peak, Canon City
Road Number: 220
Usage: Heavy High during summer and weekends.
Vehicle Accessibility: High-clearance, 4WD Vehicle




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General Description

The Hackett Gulch area encompasses the beautiful canyon along the South Platte River. Fishing, camping and motorized recreation are popular pastimes along this stretch of the river. Massive rock formations, heavily forested canyon walls and spectacular views dominate the area. Hackett Gulch Road in conjunction with Forest Developed Road 897 form a loop that eventually comes back to Cedar Mountain Road. Motorized Trails numbered 731, 732, 734, 736 and 737 intersect with this loop. The area is also used by snowmobilers in the winter.

Directions from Highway 24: Driving west on Highway 24 you'll reach an intersection in Florissant. Turn north on to Highway 31. Within .5 miles 31 intersects with County Road 3. Turn north on 3 and follow it for several miles. The second left you can make from 3 will be Forest Developed Road 360, which is also Cedar Mountain Road. Follow 360 to the left for approximately 5.5 miles. You will see Forest Developed Road 220 to the left. This is Hackett Gulch Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: David (Colorado Springs, CO)
Time of Day: 3:00 pm
Length of Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We took 895 to 736 to the 220 Hackett road and made the loop back around to the 360 on atv's. very hard trail but very pretty down by the South platte. we rolled one ATV on top of my dad, he got hurt but was able to call rescue and they came to help. but he and i drove out on the atv's. the hackett rock was very hard to go down and big rutts on the road made it really hard. but was a nice ride. we found out that the road was closed later. after about 300 stitches we are doing ok.
Conditions: some mud, alot of big rocks and alot of rutts very big climes. it takes a serious 4x4 or a atv or dirtbike
Water Availability: we had three small coolers full of water and other drinks. plenty of water is good to have. never know what could happen back there. the platte river was really full and would NOT cross on the 220A/220B loop.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: An excellent ride for those looking for varied terrain. Had to tow Steve's ATV out of the Platte! Lots of fun and it's easier than you think!! Ron, Steve, O.B., Jim *Polaris*

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 1st time on the trail and enjoyed it. Climbing hackett rock was a trip but comeing down was even better. Just watch out for the bikers they look down and dont see you until its to there on top of you.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As long as you keep moving you to can make it easy. remember careful on the wall and good tire placement 'don't have to be an expert'

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Pretty awesome trail. Some improvements have been made so that people don't get stuck at the bottom of the trail by the river. Dirt bikes are a blast. Bring a camera to take pictures of all the crazy people trying to climb Hackett Rock.

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A fun, hard and beautiful drive. The river crossing at the bottom was over the hood of my XJ in the spring!

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Hackett Gulch Loop
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Motorized Trails
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Motorized Trails
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Motorized Trails
Yes



Related Activities
Crystal Creek Road - Crystal Creek Road is located west of the West Creek area. A series of motorized trails are designated in this region for ATVs and motorcycles.

Happy Meadows Campground - Happy Meadows Campground consists of 7 individual family campsites, each with a table, fire grate and parking spur. Its located near Elevenmile State Recreation Area and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Signal Butte Trail - Signal Butte Trail, #717, is a multi-use trail and connects several other trails. This beautiful 54.5 mile multi-use trail is located in the "Creeks" area north of Divide.

Trail Creek Campground - The Trail Creek Campground is located in the West Creek area. It is a good location for visitors interested in motorized recreation opportunities.



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Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926

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