The ultimate in rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range. Moose is our claim to fame. North Park is considered the moose viewing capital of Colorado, with over 600 moose to be observed year-round. The State Forest State Park has something for everyone in every season. With so much room and diversity, visitors can experience a bountiful array of outdoor recreational favorites such as camping, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing and geocaching.
Deb M. on Kelly Lake Trail
This is a really long, difficult hike but well worth the effort. We backpacked up and spent the night at the lake. There was only one other group at the lake and we saw no one, after the first 1/2 mile, on our hike up. We saw a couple groups on our way down the next day but it was still pretty quiet.
The trail follows a dirt road for about half of the hike and they've done a lot of tree clearing due to the beetles. Great views most of the way up. Once you get into the forest, it is beautiful. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom yet at the beginning of August.
The mobile directions for this trailhead are totally wrong - it had us go to CO 30 which lead to private land. The turnoff should be to 41 from 14. There are signs for a campground - turn there. The State Forest entry is right there. The directions on page are good.