August 22, 2016 at 10:09 am #778Richard ReaveyParticipant
Putting together a group for a Labor Day Weekend Saturday Overnighter in Larimer County along the Poudre River corridor. This is a planned loop counter clockwise to the north of Poudre Canyon rd west of Fort Collins. Start time at 1200 on Saturday the 3rd is timed to allow plenty of time to get there – approximately 2 -2.5 hours from downtown Denver, for example.
Saturday Sept 3rd
1200: Meet at Kelly Flats Trail head (big parking area, room for several trailers if needed) on Route 14 (Poudre Canyon rd). Trail head is opposite campground on north side of 14.
Start with Kelly Flats Trail. http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=37 This trail has some reasonably tough obstacles with go-arounds. I have done this trail and the hard obstacles like Heart Attack Hill are quite challenging but, with go-arounds, it is no more than a 5 out of 10.
Complete Kelly Flats and move on to Bald Mountain http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=274. I have not done this trail but have spoken to folks who have. While the obstacles are not as challenging as on Kelly Flats, though the Rock Hill obstacle probably requires at least 33s. This trail is within the Roosevelt National Forest and we will camp along the trail Saturday night. No facilities, pack in/pack out. My hope is to be stopped for camp by about 1600 – 1630, leaving a buffer in the event of the untoward.
Sunday Sept 4th:
Complete the Bald Mountain Trail and move on to the Green Ridge Trail http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=273
We will run the trail North- South, so it will be slightly less challenging but if we have much rain between now and then, this trail can apparently be quite muddy. I expect that we will be off this trail and back onto Route 14 at about the Barnes Meadow Reservoir by 1200 latest.
Additional Trails are available heading back east on Route 14 including Pingree Park http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=510, a very mild Subaru-able trail leading to several other mild but scenic trails, and Old Flowers Rd (about a 4 out of 10) that ends up on the very scenic Stove Prairie rd outside Masonville http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=187
People wanting to keep wheeling on Sunday and overnight again will find a wealth of trails north and south of this planned loop that run from mild to wild.
Nothing too tough on these trails but a vehicle in good working order and a minimum of 33″ tires and reasonable suspension flex or, a winch and willingness to sustain some possible rock damage. Basic recovery and safety gear is absolutely required: Solid, accessible recovery points front and rear of vehicle. Shackles and recovery strap or kinetic rope, safety gear, and a first aid kit. We will camp on the trail with no facilities, so all food, beverage, and other needs will have to be brought in and all refuse brought out. There are a few restaurants (Mishawaka and Rustic) and convenience stores on Route 14 for before and after the trails.
I think a group of 5 – 6 is max, so indicate “I’m in and meet rig requirements” below and, if you have questions/want to discuss, let me know.August 23, 2016 at 6:07 am #779michael swankhouseParticipant
I’d like to give it a go but with my engine being as old and weak as it is I don’t think my rig is ready for that challenge even further from home.
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