Kelly Flats  Difficult icon
Maps:          
USGS 7.5' Map: Big Narrows, Rustic
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Difficult 8 FR 168 10.0 6,800 to 8,600 ft. Rock - 3 4-6 hours
County: Larimer
Adopted by: Larimer County 4WD Club (Mountaineers) 2549 Newport Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970)221-5524
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave. Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970)295-6700
Summary: Kelly Flats is a challenging 4WD road with Heart Attack Hill and the Chutes as the main obstacles. It crosses through a private housing development at one point.
Attractions: 4WD Road Challenges
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - November 21 to May 14
Best Time:< June - May be muddy
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best, Fall Colors
Camping:> There are a few spot around Heart Attach Hill and along the bypass. The west end has better dispersed camping with flatter terrain.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp. There are other 4WD roads around Rustic and Redfeather Lakes to explore.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Fort Collins, CO. head north on U.S. 287 North / South College Ave and follow U.S. 287 North. Go approximatley 4.2 miles and turn right onto Colorado Hwy 14 West / U.S. 287 North and go 6.1 miles. Turn left onto Colorado Hwy 14 West / Poudre Canyon Hwy at Teds Place and go 25.3 miles to a right turn off of the highway into a parking area. This is the start of Kelly Flats 4WD road.
History:
Description:
Starting from the east end of Kelly Flats, across from the Kelly Flats Campground, the 4WD road climbs a short hill above the large parking area off of Highway 14. There are two spurs, FR168A and FR168B that only go a short distance. The intersection after these two spurs, FR168C, is for the bypass of Heart Attack Hill. Staying on FR168 will take you to the base of Heart Attack Hill.

Heart Attack Hill

photo by:
Rachel K

Paula K

Heart Attack Hill

photo by:
Rachel K

It is a long steep climb up a ridge.

Ben

Heart Attack Hill

photo by:
Adam M

There are multiple lines along the lower section. As you reach the middle of the hill the road narrows a bit curving toward the bottom of the final chute, a narrow cut in a large rock out cropping. Once to the top of this last obstacle you have made it.

Paula K

Heart Attack Hill

photo by:
Adam M

The road continues a short distance to its intersection with the bypass, FR168C. You will wind through the open forest before entering a residential area. Stay on the main road, North Rim Road, and head west. Be courtious of the residents. Beyond the residential area you will once again be on public lands. The road will continue down into a large open area and then climb up over some small hills.

Chutes sign

photo by:
Rachel K

The Chutes will be a short loop off of the main road on the left hand side. They are easy to spot with the large boulders and narrow cut in a huge rock outcrop that mark this short extreme challenge. The main road will loop up and connect with the top of the Chutes.

Chutes

photo by:
Rachel K

Kelly Flats continues along the hill top before dropping into a shallow valley and follwoing its course west for a short distance. Once again the road will climb up into some open meadows and head across the low hills to County Road 69, which drops down into Rustic, CO. or heads north toward Red Feather Lakes.
Data updated: February 25, 2013     4WD Road driven: July 9, 2009     Copyright 4X4Explore - 1999-2013