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

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Power Line Motorized Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,500 Feet (2337.9 Meters) junction with Highway 67
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,040 Feet (324.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,640 Feet (2693.3 Meters) Cabin Ridge Picnic Ground
Length, One-way: 7.7 Miles (12.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 135, Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 690
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: Devils Head Quad.

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General Description

Power Line Trail, #690, follows power lines that run parallel to Rampart Range Road. The trail leads north-south for 7.7 miles from Highway 67 to Cabin Ridge Picnic Ground. This route is a good connector trail, and alternative to riding on Rampart Range Road, for bikes that aren't street legal.

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 Sedalia: Northern Access: To reach the northern access point for Power Line Trail drive approximately ten miles west of the small town of Sedalia on Highway 67. The trail begins immediately south of the entrance to Indian Creek Campground.

Directions from Sedalia: Southern Access: Travel approximately ten miles west of Sedalia on Highway 67 to the Rampart Range Road. Turn left (south) on the Rampart Range Road for approximately eight and one-half miles to the Cabin Ridge Picnic Ground. Approximately .25 miles before the road to the picnic ground is a parking lot. Use this for access to Power Line Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: February through November .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The entire Rampart range area is great for OHV use unfortunately it is an EXTREMELY popular riding area, being withing 1 hour of Denver. Trails are often crowded with all trails being bi-directional. Fast riders love Powerline, this of course makes for the possibility of encountering oncoming traffic very likely. STAY ALERT!

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been going to Rampart Range the last 4 yrs and it's my fav. place in CO. Can't wait to take the new xr and try some night riding. Derek '00XR400 dtia@webtv.net

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Power Line Motorized Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Power Line Motorized Trail
ICON ATV Riding Power Line Motorized Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Power Line Motorized Trail
ICON Snowmobiling Power Line Motorized Trail

Related Activities
Bar Motorized Trail - The Bar Trail is 4 miles long with an intermediate level of difficulty. It is the most popular and most heavily used motorized trail in the Rampart Range Area.

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.

Flat Rock Motorized Trail - Flat Rock Motorized Trail, # 674, leads 4.1 miles between Cabin Ridge Trail and Bar Trail. It is rated at an intermediate ability level and gets heavy use.

Gramp's Motorized Trail - Gramp's Trail, #657, leads 2.7 miles southwest from Rampart Range Road to Trail 675. The trailhead for this intermediate connector lies 5.75 miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road.

Overlook Motorized Trail - The Overlook Trail, #682, leads 2.8 miles southeast from Flat Rocks Campground to Rim Road. The terrain is rated intermediate and it connects with Trails 681, 683 and 685.

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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