Kelly Flats Trail

HARD 20 reviews

Kelly Flats Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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. 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.

off road driving
2 months ago

First off road trip in Colorado. Went in my 98 TJ with stock suspension and 31in mud terrains. It was very challenging but doable. Took a few scrapes to the bottom but no real damage.

3 months ago

Took two ATVs at the end of June. Heart Attack Hill lived up to its name. Check out our YouTube video going through the chutes. We took the trail start to finish. Amazing variety of butterflies and a good mix of terrain. Saw a lot of mountain lion scat on the trail at the top.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh2BR_DIZI

off road driving
3 months ago

Loved this trail, definitely requires locking 4x4 in some spots. Made it the whole way in a stock 1991 Land Rover Defender, took the bypass and was still a challenge. If you pick your lines, it can be done. Everyone we met on the trail was awesome, as it can get quite narrow and with blind corners. Keep you eyes peeled!

3 months ago

Had an absolute blast.! Looked at the "Chute" as I drove by 
2018 Toy 4runner
3" lift
18" wheels
33 in BFG KO2's

off road driving
4 months ago

1993 zj 3.5" lift with 31s
1999 xj 4" lift with 31s
bypassed heart attack hill and skipped the chutes
Saw a bull moose up by pingree hill so be aware

off road driving
10 months ago

This was a great ride on my ATV. Went in October saw a mountain lion crossing the trail at the top of Heart Attack Hill was pretty cool.

off road driving
11 months ago

fun fun fun...

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Spectacular with lots of wildlife and not another soul around.

off road driving
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lots of fun

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

super fun closest trail to Fort Collins you can do the bypass or heart attack hill and if your rig is up to it the chutes

off road driving
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Friday, January 24, 2014

amazing.

off road driving
28 days ago

recorded Kelly Flats Trail

off road driving
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4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016