One of three trails in the area known as the "Gulches." The other two trails, Longwater and Hackett are only partially... more » opened at this time. Metberry is the only trail open all the way to the river. About halfway through the trail you’ll break out of tree cover and into the remains of the Hayman Fire from 2002. While some vegetation is starting to come back, most of the trees are burned and dead.The end of the trail is a wide open area next to the South Platte River. This is a great place to have lunch and hang out with the family. This is an out-and-back trail and most of the challenge comes on the uphill drive out. Located in Pike National Forest. For current conditions call Pikes Peak Ranger District (719) 636-1602
The first part of the trail is fairly easy, but when the trail starts its descent to the river, it gets very steep with undulating terrain. Without good articulation, tires may come off the ground for brief periods, causing a sliding sensation that may intimidate novice drivers. Don't go down if you are concerned about getting back up.
This trail is one of 100 trails from the book Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4WD Trails by FunTreks Publishing, available at http://www.funtreks.com less «