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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

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Scotty's Motorized Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,080 Feet (2518.7 Meters) junction with Forest Road 507
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Elevation Gain, One-way: 800 Feet (249.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters) junction with Devils Head Road
Length, One-way: 6.8 Miles (11.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 135, Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 681
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Quads: Devils Head

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Scotty's Trail, #681, leads 6.8 miles south from Forest Road 507 to Devils Head Road. This trail serves as a connecting route from northern trails in the system to southern trails in the system. The Forest service rates this trail as intermediate to expert ability levels.

The National Forest Service challenges all off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to TREAD LIGHTLY on public lands. The Tread Lightly program educates and informs forest users on how to enjoy recreation opportunities without damaging resources or negatively affecting others enjoyment of public lands. Potential damage to our natural environment is intensified due to increasing popularity of OHVs. (This category of vehicles includes 4 WD, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and snowmobiles.) TREAD LIGHTLY was created to curb damage to soil, water, wildlife, visual and solitude components on the forest. For more information contact any Ranger District Office.

Directions from intersection of Highway 67 and Rampart Range Road: Drive 6 miles south on Rampart Range Road to Forest Road 507. Turn left and drive 2 miles east to the trailhead. This is the last trail crossing before Jackson Creek Road. Turn right on to Trail #681 from 507.

Directions from Rampart Range Road: Travel approximately 9 miles South from the intersection of Highway 67 and Rampart Range Road to the Devils Head Road. Turn left toward the campground. About .25 miles from Rampart Range Road Scotty's Trail will intersect with the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Steep slick rock with a lot of broken bike parts at the bottom. Easily ridden going down, but is an aggresive move going up!

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Expert is right! I found out the hard way I'm not. Endo'd on Scottys Rock, broke my wrist. Probably would have been killed if not for my safety gear. Derek dtia@webtv.net

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Scotty's Motorized Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Scotty's Motorized Trail
ICON ATV Riding Scotty's Motorized Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Scotty's Motorized Trail
ICON Snowmobiling Scotty's Motorized Trail

Related Activities
Cabin Ridge Motorized Trail - Cabin Ridge Trail is 4 miles long one way and rated easy by the Forest Service. It is heavily used by hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and ATV riders.

Devil's Head Campground - The Devil's Head Campground consists of 21 individual family campsites, that include a table, fire ring and parking spur. The Devil's Head Trail attracts many visitors and leaves from the campground.

Devil's Head Picnic Ground - Devil's Head Picnic Ground provides 10 picnic units, which include tables, drinking water and toilets, at an elevation of 8,700'. The focus of recreational activity at Devils Head is hiking and motorcycling.

Tomahawk Motorized Trail - Tomahawk Trail is located on the northern end of the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. It leads 3.2 miles north from Forest Road 507 to Trail #686.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Platte Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 19316 Goddard Ranch Ct. , Morrison, CO, 80465, Phone: 303-275-5610


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