My brother and I are heading to Boulder the 1st weekend in August. We are from Iowa and are looking for good trails to check out. My jeep is fairly well built (the driver is probably the limiting factor) so we want some challenging trails and play areas. We are also looking to fly fish and maybe camp out in the mountains one night. The Ward area was mentioned to us by a friend. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for the advice I have looked at this site and it is very helpful. The guy I bought the jeep from recommended Spring Creek, Lefthand Canyon, and Caribou Creek. Traildamage makes them all seem like good options. I was hoping to get some advice from people who have experienced any of the local trails there. It would be great if they could point us in the right direction for some fly fishing as well.
Spring creek: Not too far a drive and decent wheeling. If going on a weekend it will be crowded. No fishing near the trail exactly, but not too far from some.
Caribou: Too easy for my taste. Not worth it, IHMO.
Left Hand: Since the main canyon was closed, it's only OK, but it's the closest to Boulder. No fishing.
Middle St. Vrain/Coney Flats: Not difficult, but fun, probably fish in the lake at the top, but I'm not an angler, so I can't say for sure. Not much farther from Boulder than Left Hand. I'd vote for this or Spring Creek as camping is more practical here.
Thanks guys for all the info it has all been helpful. I am open to any trails within a reasonable distance of Boulder. And that distance can be further I suppose if we are going to camp and drive back. Camping isn't necessary, just an option. I definitely want to find the limits of the jeep or the driver and push them a bit. Are there any trails or play areas that will have some crawling challenges?
One more thing. I am bringing out my KTM 250SXF motorcycle as well. Any tracks or trails in the area? The more I think about this trip the more I realize it could be the perfect guy trip. Wheeling, fishing, rafting?, camping, golf, mx riding, what else could a guy ask for?
Dude...I moved out here from Waukee this past October. I'm real close to Boulder and have run quite a few trails out here. Left Hand Canyon is a good one with some small challenges and some great views. I see quite a few dirt bikes on that trail. Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats are good for some water crossings. You can access both of those trails from Camp Dick. There is camping there, but it gets crowded. But if you start down the Middle St. Vrain trail, there are a few camping spots way out in the woods, and close to a stream. T-33A is close to those trails; that takes you within several hundred yards of a plane crash from the 60s; you can still see wreckage. If you want great views of Estes Park, just a bit north of there is Pole Hill, Johnny Park Road, Pierson Park Road. None of those are technically challenging, but they've got great views. There are trails further north, closer to Ft. Collins that I have yet to check out. And plenty of trails anywhere else throughout the state.
I can't help with the fishing, and I've done limited camping out here but could ask around work for some good spots.
X3 on MSV for your KTM especially! My husband did it on his (formerly-owned KTM) along with a friend of his on a dirt bike (brand - I can't remember)! They tagged along with a bunch of us in Jeeps and other assorted 4x4's... It was a blast for all!
Camping at Camp Dick puts you in close proximity to lot's of options. (It's a commercial camp ground, but you can find free sites near-by off MSV).
Hey guys just letting you all know how it went. Did middle st vrain, coney flatts, t 33 and some others. Lots of fun but a little easy after awhile. Headed to moody hill the next day and that's when it got really fun. Did the quarry area which was really challenging and sketchy, but made it thru. We got on some back trail which had alot of obstacles all the way to the top. We ended up on the very peak of one of the mountains which was pretty amazing. Then took a trail that got really narrow and didn't look like anybody had been on it all year and was about wide enough for an atv. Of course it ended so we had to take it back out as well, just a few extra scratches. It was an awesome trip and didn't break anything. Next time I will have to try harder. Thanks to everyone for all the info.