Trail Name: McKee Draw Trail
Best Use: Hiking
Best Time for Use: All Year
Difficulty: Intermediate icon-intermediate
Length: 5.9 Miles Total
McKee Draw Trail: 1.46 miles
Flat Iron Loop Trail: 2.46 miles
Flat Iron Mesa Trail: 2.0 miles
Red Tail Trail: 0.43 miles
Start Elevation: McKee Draw Trail Head 6527 ft Burn Canyon Trail Head: 6903 ft Maximum Elev Gain and Loss from Start Elev: 1700 ft gain/ 863 ft loss
McKee Draw Trail: 488ft gain/ 202ft loss
Flat Iron Loop Trail: 414ft gain / 577ft loss
Flat Iron Mesa Trail: 508ft gain / 30ft loss
Red Tail Trail: 290ft gain / 54ft loss
Trail Surface and Use: Single Track dirt and rocks.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD auto.
Trail Head Coordinates: 733,425E, 4,224890N UTM WGS84 Zone 12S
Trail Head Coordinates:The trail system is located about a couple of miles northwest of Norwood, Colorado via paved and dirt roads. Passenger cars can access any of the trails under most road conditions. From Norwood’s main street (Grand Avenue): Travel to the far west end of Grand Avenue; follow the highway as it curves to the right; pass the fairgrounds on your right. Turn left at the first opportunity AA42 Road (also known as W35 and Norwood Burn Road); follow this road for about 2.9 miles. It pass the Pioneer Village subdivision and Elder’s junkyard. This Road changes to Norwood Burn Road. Continue on this road as it takes switchbacks into a canyon. At the bottom the road crosses a small bridge over Naturita Creek. At the next switchback you can park at the trailhead from McKee Draw this is a good place to park to access the McKee Draw trails including McKee Draw and Flat Iron Trail. There is a second parking lot if you continue on the same road up a hillside and around some switchbacks where you will find another parking area on your right. This parking area is near the Burn Canyon Trails but can also be used to access the Flat Iron Loop which is across the road from the parking area.
Best Feature: Hiking Flat Iron into the stunning burned forest. The invigorating climbs out of McKee Draw on any of the Iron Mountain Loop provide a good workout. Staying in the draw for some shade and reprieve on windy days.
Cautions: Wear orange during hunting seasons. Steep downhills in sections.

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Description: From the McKee Parking area you can access McKee Draw which offers a nice out and back hike that follows along a ravine. After hiking 10-15 minutes on McKee Draw Trail it crosses Flat Iron Loop Trail which offers a loop route re-connecting at the top of the McKee Draw Trail. You can take the first right onto Red Tail Trail that leads you up to the Burn Canyon Trail Head. From there you can retrace your steps or make a loop and walk down the road to the lower parking lot at the McKee Draw Trail Head, this typically takes 45-60 minutes. If you take a left onto Flat Iron Loop Trail at the intersection you will climb out of the draw and then the trail meanders through the pinon forest and into the burned forest that provides some interesting scenery. Finally looping back to the end of the McKee Draw Trail where you can follow the draw back to the parking area. This can also be done in reverse by hiking up McKee Draw Trail and then heading up Flat Iron Loop Trail in the opposite direction. Both directions are terrific and scenic. Give yourself at least 2-2.5 hours for this entire loop. The out-and-back Flat Iron Mesa Trail is a continuation from the South end of the Flat Iron Loop. This trail provides great views of Naturita Creek, the La Sal Mountains, the San Juan Mountains and Lone Cone Mountain.

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