“A rolling section of 4 wheeler trail that runs the fence line north of the Kelley Canyon Ski Area.”
— Jeff Fullmer
Nature will close the trail with her blanket of deep snow, but if you're armed with the proper gear, this one is open year-round.
Features: Fall Colors — Wildflowers — Wildlife
The terrain is constantly changing so don't get comfortable. It can be easy to roll an ankle, especially in low or no light conditions.
Preferred trail shoe type: Any type of trail shoe will perform well on this non-technical trail.
Preferred run seasons/times: May - October are ideal and it really depends on when the snow is gone or shows up. It is almost always recommended to run this in the early morning to avoid ATV's and the ensuing dust. During the fall, beware of hunters and during the late summer be aware of aggressive huckleberry pickers. :)
**Most of this route is part of the Gnarly Bear 25k/50k race course that is held in October**
Directly north of Kelly Canyon Ski Hill is this rolling section of trail that works all major leg muscle groups. Just when you get in a downhill rhythm if flattens out and then climbs again. Wash, rinse, repeat!
Even on a windy day, this forested area that sits on the Jefferson and Madison County line border is usually calm and beautiful. Quaky's and pine trees, interspersed with bushes, guide your route and help to protect you from the elements. During the late summer, the trail becomes really dusty so you'll be kicking dirt. During the winter, this is used as a snowshoe trail.
This is National Forest land and is leased out to ranchers. Cows are up in the area during the summer months, and you may have to do dodge "land mines". There have been reports of runners encountering cows and even a bull. Both can be dangerous so keep your distance.
Just past the 2 mile mark, the trail drops onto a road that can lead you to a plethora of connecting trails.
Flora & Fauna
You are in the thick of the forest that overhangs the trail. Thick bushes line the south side of the trail and quaking aspen and pine trees line both sides. There are moose, elk, and deer in the area but chances are you will only see cows.