7 routes · Mountain Biking
Designed and built by mountain bikers, the ride offers features including ramps and jumps, a pleasant surprise considering the amount of rugged backcountry riding you'll find north of town. If you're not in a rush, it's suggested by many to explore the canyon on foot as well, as the slower pace may allow you to enjoy the unique sandstone features and rocks near the confluence of Kelly Canyon and Pumphouse Wash near the lowest part of the trail.
While you could ride this as an out-and-back, the more common way to enjoy Kelly Canyon is as a loop paired with an adjacent forest service road. Parking is available at Raymond Park along the Interstate, and restrooms and water are available through the warmer months. Should you have the time or be looking for a similar ride in the area, the Soldier Trail at Fort Tuthill is just one exit north on the Interstate and offers an equally scenic ride with much less climbing.
Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.
Best time to visit
- In the forest
- Road sections
- Rock Gardens