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Old Flowers Road

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
Distance11.8mi
Elevation Gain4,923ft
Trailhead Elevation7,330ft
Top8,631ft
Elevation Min/Max7330/8631ft
Elevation Start/End7330/7330ft

Old Flowers Road

Old Flowers Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 11.8 miles long and begins at 7,330 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,923 feet. The Stove Prairie (elevation 7,339 feet) school is near the trailhead. Along the trail there is a reservoir. This trail connects with the following: Fdr 236, Monument Gulch Road, Fdr 152b, Caterpillar Drive, Fdr 353 and Stove Prairie Road.

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Evans, CO
Explorer | 50 pts
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7/1/2010
nice forest road but I didn't need to use 4WD on this trail. Could be a different story when wet.
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Fort Collins, CO
Pathfinder | 95 pts
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8/30/2009
My, how a trail can change in a year. ANY VEHICLE THAT DOES NOT HAVE TRUE 4WD (NOT AWD) and SELECTABLE 4-HI/4-LO CAPABILITIES SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRAIL.

This trail has definitely become more of a challenge this last year. Errosion and heavy use have left several portions of this trail much more difficult than my trip last year. While I would still rate this trail as "easy", I highly recommend that anyone with minimal experience in 4-wheeling go with someone who has more experience and can help guide you through the tougher parts. Copious baseball to basketball-sized loose rocks on a steep hill, a deeply rutted wash-out and deep mud in areas during spring and early summer run-off present good challenges that do require some skill.

This trail's reputation as a fun and easy road for the weekend-warrior has caused many people to attempt this road in vehicles not meant for the terrain. We personally encounterred someone who decided they could tackle this road in a Buick Skylark. The vehicle was completely blocking the trail and had been abandoned with a ruptured oil pan. After pulling it to the side of the road to allow access to the trail again, we later encountered others attempting the trail in a Honda CR-V and a 2wd Nissan pickup. Both of those individuals were strongly encouraged to turn around before becoming the next casualties.

Overall, this road is fun and I would still rate it a "easy" but it is quickly becoming close to a "moderate" trail in areas.
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davenport, IA
Pathfinder | 150 pts
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7/25/2008
A good beginner route to start developing off-road skills. The beginning is suited for the average car. Good canyon views, with open range livestock. Stock clearance vehicle should have no problem with limited driving skill. Good virgin off-roading.
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Ogallala, NE
Pathfinder | 70 pts
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7/14/2006
A bit more challenging than rating indicates, There are closed gates across trail, so be sure to close them. There's a nice stopping spot half way at an old cabin good for a picnic.
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Fun forest road close to Fort Collins. High views on western end. Dispersed camping on forest land. Land owners attempt to discourage traveling on public road across private property first three miles, but road is seasonally open, typically mid-June through December. Call Forest Service for exact dates (see contact information). ATVs and unlicensed dirt bikes are NOT allowed on this road. Muddy and rutted in places, especially early in the year." Read more

Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme’s Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer
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