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Rabbit Ears Peak Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 974 ft Route type Out & Back

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Please note: road to trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.

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Reviews (321)
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Recordings (273)
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Alex B
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Hiking

Seems like Iconic must see. Dirt road up with pretty views. Saw lots of families and kids on the hike. A little steep at the top/end but doable.

Arianna Thompson
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Hiking

Great hike, but very exposed to the sun - go early or on a cloudy day if possible. Great vista views and beautiful meadows. There is a tough steep part at the end.

Robin Gross
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike through a meadow with wildflowers. Gets buggy and steep terrain within the last mile. Amazing views at the top!

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David Brod
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Hiking

lot of 4wd traffic

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Karen S.
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OHV/Off Road DrivingBugsMuddyRocky

We drove the road with our Toyota Tundra. Very rocky and steep in areas.

Kim Venuta
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HikingRocky

This trail starts out flat and easy as you make your way thru the fields and wildflowers. Once you hit the base of Rabbit Ears be prepared to climb fairly steeply up to the summit. So beautiful once you get there. Wonderful place to take in the views of the Routt National Forest. We sat and ate and enjoyed the scenery. The chimpmunks are happy to share your food with you.

Laura Nelson
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Hiking

Nice, mellow slope up to the top, and great for dogs. The last little bit is steeper, but not terribly long. Great views up top. Pack your mosquito spray, they're everywhere.

Haley Jurich
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Hiking

I would recommend this hike for moderate hikers as the top of the trail is steep to get to rabbit ears. It’s a gorgeous hike with limited bugs in June!

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Tracy Heath
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Hiking

Nice views along the way. The trails is a Jeep road and it shows in several spots. Very steep in sections near the top where switchbacks would be expected if this were a hiking only trail.

Dave Stephanie Lee
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HikingBugsNo shade

Beautiful, beautiful hike. Alpine glory. But... the mosquitoes! They were so bad. Bring your bug spray. We hiked woth our 14 year old, 10 year old and 8 year old (who has Down Syndrome). My 8 year old had to turn back qhen it really started to get steep. Gteat hike, though. Just beware of bugs.

Derrick Enos
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HikingBugs

My 17 year old and I started at the trailhead at 9:07. First, when you start on the trail you will come to a clearing fairly quick. There is a road to the right, that is the trail, no trail markings just a street sign. Do not take the trail that is straight. We did, after half a mile I realized we were not on the correct trail. After our added mile we were back going. It was a fun day. I do recommend the view, but couldn't hang out on top due to the mosquitos being crazy.

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Erika Stuchlik
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Wide trail with gradual incline and steep incline to Rabbit Ears at the very end. Beautiful picturesque views throughout the hike up and back. Minimal snow, easy to walk around. Wild flowers all throughout the meadow. Watch for bikers, dirt bikers and 4WD vehicles sharing the trail.

Kelly M.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Looks like it use to be an old logging road. Trail was in great condition until the last quarter mile. Some snow/mud/mud puddles. Also last quarter mile is the hardest part of trail. Mostly straight up. Trekking poles are helpful for on the way down. Stunning views at the top!! Only disappointment would be not seeing any wildlife but the scenery made up for it! Got to the trail at 8:30 and was to the top at 10ish. But we stopped quite a few times to take photos on the way up.

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Mara Caris
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Hiking

Minimal snow on trail. Could wear Chaco sandals and be fine. Not much too rub against your legs so shorts would be fine. Don’t attempt to drive past the parking area. Still snow on road and someone got stuck.

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Colette James
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Hiking

Snow still present near last 1/2 mile early morning it was firm but around 11am it was starting to get softer but still mostly packed. Windy today 6/16. Accidentally paused my trail recording. My watch said 6 miles total

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Chris James
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HikingSnow

The trail was in pretty good condition. There is a section about 2 miles in that lasts for .2miles or so that was covered with snow but is easy to navigate. I imagine later in the day it could be more difficult as the snow continues to melt. We started at 830a and were at the top around 10a with no issues.

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Angel Bischoff
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HikingMuddySnow

Still spots of mud and a couple of long snow fields but they’re packed down and we didn’t post hole.

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grant mccabe
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Hiking

Great hike! Unbelievable views at the top!! A little bit of snow but you don’t need snowshoes or anything

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Margot Selover
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HikingSnow

Sunny, breezy, late morning hike. Not busy the first 1/2 of the hike, with 7-8 small groups passed from there to the summit and back. Snowy spots along the last 1/2 of the trail but it’s packed down and and easily crossed. A nice way to spend 2-3 hours!

Dave O'Callaghan
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Hiking

Avery’s first big hike on Patrick’s belly with Urban pulling Los abuelos and Slim managing all.

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Ralph C
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HikingSnow
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Izzy Waldie
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Hiking

Great trail! LOTS of snow but very little post holing & the trail is very well marked. Very pretty, wear sunscreen!

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Zack Zivkovich
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HikingRockySnow
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Carl Frame
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Walking

Easier hike, but steep towards the end. Snow in places but was firm and didn’t post-hole at all. Great view at top.

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TARA YEAGER
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The directions to the trailhead have you turning off highway 40 onto a closed jeep road that doesn't look like it's been open for years. The road entrance was blocked off as well. At that point we gave up so never hiked the trail. Looking at a map after the fact, turning off Hwy 40 at Dumont Lake Campground may get you close to the trailhead.

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