Middle St. Vrain

Lyons, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 09/03/2019
4.2 /5 ( 5 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 07/01 - 10/01
Length: 5 miles
Highest Elevation: 9850 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Lyons
Nearest Town w/ Services: Boulder
Official Road Name: 114.1
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Boulder Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Middle St. Vrain
This trail near Boulder, CO is popular to combine with the Coney Creek (FS 507) Trail, this part of that loop being considerably easier. Middle St. Vrain is located near the Indian Peaks Wilderness which offers some great views and great forest scenery. The drive itself is a nice combination of difficulty and testing your ability as well as a nice drive through the wilderness. There are a number of official walking trails and fishing opportunities available and many people will camp nearby just for the chance to walk these trails. The water crossings and year-round stream that runs through the rocks in a lot of places only add to the trail.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead of Middle St. Vrain (FS 114.1) at CR 72 (0.00 mi)
The trail begins right off CR 72 and goes through both the Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick Campgrounds before the start of dirt and the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.130534, -105.502745

Starting Point: Boulder, CO

Head north on Route 7 and turn left (west) to Broadway/Lee Hill Drive/Lefthand Canyon Drive & CO 72 W for 26 miles to Middle St Vrain Road (FS 114.1).

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Trail Reviews (17)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
As of 9/3/19, Both Middle St Vrain and Coney Flats are both closed due to Forest Order ARP-BRD-2019-01 while bridge replacement work is done. You can find the order along with maps here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd657032.pdf

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Status: Open
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Ran this in a mostly stock FJ100 along with Coney Flats. With 33s as our only real upgrade, these trails pushed both my Cruiser and the accompanying Wrangler Sport to the limits. The guardian obstacle required lockers in the FJ and numerous line adjustments for the Wrangler. There are a fair number of technical sections that will challenge rigs with smaller tires and/or no lift. The boggy water crossings make this trail somewhat unique. It is narrow, but there are plentiful pull-offs, many of which are nicely shaded for a picnic lunch. Most of the trail is flanked by heavy pine forest. There was a fair amount of traffic during our visit. Pretty much everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful which was great.

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Status: Open
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I completed St Vrain and Coney flats in a stock 4Runner SR5, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ATRAC works wonders, the T4R didn’t even hesitate to climb any of the obstacles. I would have been a lot better off if I had a lift, I did scrape a number of times but with the help of a good spotter, I faired pretty well. It helps that the T4R has a shorter wheelbase than Tacos and 4-Door Wranglers. I enjoyed the double takes I got for being in a stock 4Runner on the trail. I’d say that the water crossing is about 18” deep based on how high the water was on people’s wheels. This is a long drive that can cause you to be fatigued toward the end, be ready to pay attention to the trail, a lot!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Please Be Aware! Forest Service announced on 8/22/2019 that the trail will close early this season, September 3rd. Middle St Vrain, Coney Flats roads to close temporarily for bridge replacement project BOULDER, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2019) – Due to a critical bridge replacement project several campgrounds and roads on the Roosevelt National Forest’s Boulder Ranger District will close for the season on Sept. 3, 2019. The closures include: Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick campgrounds; Middle St. Vrain Road (Forest Service Road 114.1) at Colo. Higway 72; Coney Flats Road (Forest Service Road 507.1) at Beaver Creek Reservoir Trailhead; Bunce School Road (Forest Service Road 105) at junction with Park Creek Road (202.1) The closure applies to all motor vehicle traffic.

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Status: Open
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I ran this trail on a saturday morning. Unfortunately we did not have time to do Coney Flats, too. The water parts of the trail are really cool and somewhat unique compared to the other trails in Colorado. The trail wasn't too difficult, but some of the rocky areas did present dangers for my differentials (Cherokee XJ on 31s w/ 4.5 inch lift). Be sure to go slowly through the water. It's all rocky bottoms. One word of caution - there were two groups of 10+ jeeps going up while I was coming down. One was a guided tour which was moving very slowly and acting like they owned the trail. If you're someone who likes to enjoy trails alone, make sure to get going early on to beat the crowds.

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Status: Open
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Ran both MSV and Coney Flats in our JLUR with 3" lift/35s and had a blast...one of the most fun and wettest trails we've ever done, and the views from Coney Flats around the main water crossing are breathtaking (as you'll see in the photos). Agree with the 5-5 (for MSV) and 6-6 (for Coney Flats) ratings....you'll be tired after this trail because it's near continual effort...but FUN effort! Took us about 4 hours (with brief lunch stop at CF's main water crossing. You'll get lots of water (many muddy) crossings depending on recent rains. One of them along MSV toward the western end was several inches deeper than the main CF crossing (which was ~ 2 ft). Overall, this combo of MSV and CF is now one of our favorites -- great shape, great fun, and absolutely beautiful!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Report from the High Country page: Our group ran MSV and Coney Flats on July 12th. water crossing are not too deep and trail is in good shape. I am currently running a stock JLUR and was able to run the trail with no problem.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Gates are open.

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Status: Seasonal Closure
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Still closed as of this afternoon.

Author:
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Still closed due to snow and runoff. At the gate

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Gate locked - still closed for season as of 6/1/19

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is open for the season.

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Just an FYI, I drove up to the gate after exiting T33 and it's still closed.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Trail is closed for the season

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The Mountaineers, a 4x4 club from Fort Collins, embarked on a late fall season trip to Coney Flats and Middle St. Vrain. With winter weather setting in soon, there are not many more weekend opportunities for these twin trails. There was still considerable water present on the trail, however, despite the near 50 degree conditions, icy conditions seem to have moved in for the season. The aspen trees donning the trail are all past their peak color and most have lost their autumn golden glory. The local District Forest Ranger will close this trail for the season once inclement weather overtakes the foothills for the season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
A nice day on the trail even though the clouds followed us all day and it sprinkled here and there. We ran the trail backwards from Coney Creek, though we took the time to go up to the bridge.

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Status: Seasonal Closure
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Beautiful trail! Ran this on vacation while staying in the Black Hawk area. Easy trail but very enjoyable. Make sure to connect to Coney Flats to make it a loop. Coney Flats is a bit more challenging but this trail can be done with open diffs and high clearance.

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Has anybody been up there yet? are the gates open?
–Gunnar Campbell (07/01/2019)
–Jen & JD Marshall (07/01/2019)
Q: Is this trail still open after this past weekend's snow storm? How would I find out?
–Noell Leiby (10/16/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (10/16/2018)
Q: I have a 2018 Tundra with undercarriage skid plates, 3" lift up front, rock sliders, but no rock crawler tires. would I be able to make it through the first rock garden? Planning on camping off marker 10 or 11 and would like to park closer.
–Sean (05/30/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (05/31/2018)
Q: where do you park a trailer to unload ATV/UTV?
–Louis Perkins (05/25/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (05/28/2018)

Writer Information

Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ has been upgraded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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