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hikes to do near Steamboat Map

Good hike with Ellen. Left house at 11 and back by 2:00 pm.

18 days ago

19 days ago

Nice out and back hike with some good elevation gain. The view at the top is great. We got there around 9:30 and had no trouble with parking. There are some steep areas so trekking poles are helpful.

Absolutely beautiful scenery! Need sturdy shoes and lots of water. We went up yesterday mid-morning to afternoon, it was 92 degrees, the heat radiates off the sandy trail. Thank goodness for all the shade! Trail is well maintained, couple rocky areas to climb over. Rated as moderate for the experienced hiker, those with less experience or endurance it's going to be strenuous. The gondola offers a wonderful, free, option back down. You can also refill your H2O at the top.

21 days ago

This is a fantastic trail! Wild flowers were beautiful! Even though trail is mostly a road bed, there’s loose dirt as you reach the top so I’d recommend wearing hiking boots. Pretty steep climb as you near the top but worth the effort!

I use this Trail 2-3 times per week for training purposes, as do many locals. With a 2200 ft elevation gain in less than 4 miles, it works for me! The trail is nice, shady, and dogs may be off-leash!

Spectacular view and good experience overall. Was a little scary crossing the causeway section, and the elevation change was a bit tiring. But Sooo glad I made it to the top for the view!

Great hike. Go early and will have lots of shade. Started at 7:10 and got to the top before sun became an issue.

1 month ago

Trail is 3.6 miles round trip, not one way, so half as long and twice as steep as expected. If you can drive to the first, small parking area you can make it to the second, larger one just beyond. The sign is a little ambiguous; see pic. Nice hike, pretty views. I recommend a trekking pole and no children in backpacks, due to steepness.

on Devil's Causeway

1 month ago

The hike starts off in a thickly wooded area, the air is cool and the wilderness is great. The first mile is like this. The last 2ish miles are exposed but you hike up to the top of the beautiful Flat Tops. Great views all around. If you’re feeling dangerous, cross the narrow rock bridge on top!

Completed this hike in mid-August with a few novice hikers. I was a bit nervous about the elevation gain since the beginners weren’t totally acclimated but they ended up crushing the whole trail right up to the summit! A great hike for everyone.

We started the hike around 8:00am and finished around 12:30. We were in a small SUV and decided to park at the second fork before the main parking area at the trailhead which added around a quarter mile to the hike. Any 4WD vehicle with decent clearance should have no problem getting to the main parking lot. Ideally, I would have preferred to start closer to 6:30 as the greater part of the hike out wasn’t shaded and it ended up getting pretty warm. The trail is short but really steep and the last half mile is up/down some gnarly scree but there’s no scrambling required. Overall, I’d say this trail is more moderate for experienced hikers and difficult but doable for beginners. Beautiful scenery on way up and panoramic views from the top. Highly recommended!

Did this hike from Base Camp Trailhead to Fish Creek Trailhead down in town. Around 13 miles via Wyoming Trail(CDT)(trail 1101) and Fish Creek Trail(1102). Fish creek canyon is amazing. The lakes are okay, not what I was expecting.

I cheated to some extent. Went up gondola to catch the Friday morning yoga class, had lunch and then hiked down the trail. Nice views of valley and wild flowers. Challenging enough to use a walking stick.

This is a well marked trail with a steady pitch all the way to the top. Beautiful scenery and lots of shade. We hiked up and took the tram down (free).

This was a beautiful, moderately trafficked trail with lots of flowers and berries. I went up thunderhead trail and true to its name, there was some thunder and rolling clouds. Beautiful views of steamboat below.

1 month ago

This trail is an ideal mountain biking trail as it is smooth with no technical aspects. As for hiking, I'd recommend doing in the spring or fall as it was very hot and dry in late July. Well marked with a good parking area and a clean pit toilet available. Also not crowded and plenty of fun roads to explore in the surrounding area.

Great hike with the family. At fishhook lake, lots of fish to catch! Keep going up to Lake Elmo for another beautifully secluded lake.

The toad leading to the trailhead is very rough and narrow at times. Recommend 4 wheel drive.

This trail is heavily used by mountain bikers. The hike itself is beautiful with three lakes in one hike. FYI: at the Lost Lake/Lake Elmo junction.. Lost Lake is the shorter to hike to.. literally just around the corner. Elmo Lake is about a mile further from the junction.

This hike has gorgeous wildflowers (late July) and three pretty lakes spread out along the hike. It’s a great off-leash trail for dogs since it’s not crowded and has fresh water to play in. Next time we plan to pack tents in and camp lakeside.

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1 month ago

Absolutely love this fun, rolling hill hike! Beautiful! We did this with our kids/teens and we all enjoyed it. The cattle grazing on the other side of the fence were a fun bonus to watch as we hiked.

The trail is well marked.

on Spring Creek Trail

2 months ago

Nice trail with only one drawback — loose dogs and lots of poo on trail. Many dogs off leash in the first mile. Most trail users on the early weekday I went were MTB’rs but plenty of room to get out of their way.

Great trail for new hikers. My family loves hiking, but we don’t go often and we are definitely not very good. This trail was super easy. There is an off leash dog area where my boys got to pet and play with several friendly dogs. A great pond for dogs to swim. A little further is a second pond we walked around and threw rocks. The trail goes on for a long ways but we just went to the second pond and came back. Perfect for 5 and 6 year old new hikers.

off road driving
2 months ago

Trail to the top was open to off road vehicles and we drove a 2014 Jeep GC Overland almost the entire way to the trails end. Taking the lifted JK next time. The trail was fun and had some great views.

We took the gondola up and hiked down, which is $25 per person. The views of the valley are just stunning! I would rate this hike as strenuous even for just going down. I didn’t give it five stars because the trail is very overgrown, and there were a ton of bees (mid July) that we had to avoid. I would recommend wearing long pants if you have any grass-related allergies. Overall the hike was worth it, but it was a challenge!

Very strenuous hike. Views are great. Make sure you have good gripping shoes. Mostly sand on trail. Takes about two hrs with plenty of breaks. Gondola ride is worth the hike.

2 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Dogs are allowed so I am not sure why that is not mentioned here. Took my boyfriend, pup and I about 3 hours round trip. Would definitely do this again.

Awesome wildflower Hike to Rabbit Ears Peak
The last 300 feet is straight up but will worth the views!
It is a Jeep Road and some do use vehicles to reach the Peak but so worth walking among the meadows of wildflowers over 80 species of wild flowers.

2 months ago

nice little loop. About an hour. Cows were the big feature when i went. Quarter of it shaded

Fairly short hike but challenging. The views on the top are spectacular!

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