Kelly Flats has long been the premier hard-core trail in northern Colorado. The trail climbs steeply out of the Cache La Poudre River Valley and winds for a considerable distance across a high ridge with beautiful views of the Mummy Range on a clear day. Noted obstacles include The Chutes and Heart Attack Hill. A wet spring often delays May 15 opening of the trail, so call ahead to verify. ATVs and UTVs may find this trail too difficult. Located in Roosevelt National Forest. For current conditions call Canyon Lakes Ranger District (970) 295-6700.
Difficult. First part of trail is extremely steep and rocky. Middle is easy as it passes through a residential area. Last part has some large mud holes. Body damage is a frequent occurrence on The Chutes. Not for stock SUVs.
This trail is one of 80 trails from the book Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4WD Trails, 3rd Edition
, by FunTreks Publishing, available at http://www.funtreks.com
This trail is a long drive from the front range, so make sure you call ahead to verify trail is open. Best to travel with a small group of capable vehicles. Carry spare parts and tools.
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