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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
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Please note: road to trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.

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Caroline Smith
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Caroline Smith
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Maddie Mulhearn
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Josh B
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Diana O'Toole
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Nothing special on the way up. Really a road, not a trail. Pretty easy hike with only a few steep parts. Summit would have gorgeous views if not for smoke from the Middle Fork fire.

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Claudia Garza
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Tricky start. Pay attention - easy to get off trail. Otherwise beautiful!

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Chelsea Ducote
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Trail not well marked. Went down a service road for a while then cut across meadows to get to actual trail. Grade is fine until the peak, where it gets super steep. Views are worth it.

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Rick Slagle
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Just outstanding. Wide open with just spectacular views. Steep at spots and a little bit of a climb at the top. Not a lot of shade but today was mid70’s and sunny which was perfect.

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Lindsy Sievers
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Surprisingly I was the first person on the trail at 715 am on a Saturday. This trail has great views all the way up and I’m sure is gorgeous when the wild flowers are in bloom. An early snow storm dampened that for me, but still a good hike. Due to snow melt, the last really steep portion was pretty muddy and slick, which I’m sure got worse today as much of it was still frozen a bit so early.

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Katie Katie Johnson
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Deb Burney
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Was good Came with dog on leash and sheep dogs chased us off ! Couldn’t even get up to ears on foot! dISAPointed Should tell ppl that you can’t go up with other dogs Sheep dogs are mean

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Brian Hedlund
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Sarah Hively
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Mary Zeinstra
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Gorgeous trail! If you park at the third lot be warned- the road is long a d EXTREMELY bumpy!!!

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Kristi Tuttle
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Trail Runner
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When you take the turn into rabbits ears to do the hike, drive back to the 3rd parking lot on the right. Park there, the hike starts from the 3rd parking lot but you would never know it because there is no signage.

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Tim Gillen
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Great hike. Pleasant weather. Went mid-afternoon on early September. Great for families. Last bit is a it steep but doable for all. Views were great. Once at the peak, temps drop a bit, and wind considerably stronger. We hiked from the main lot, about 2.75 miles each direction. Open to vehicles, but road gets progressively more rough the further you go. I have driven to the top twice in the mid-90’s. Conditions were rough then, but more pronounced now. Can make it a ways with a high clearance vehicle.

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Alexis Bradley
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Beautiful trail. Leaves on wildflowers starting to turn red, which is really pretty in the meadows. Went on a Tues early afternoon - not too many people. Used my Jeep on the road about 1/3 to 1/2 way in - not difficult, but as I'm not terribly experienced off road yet, I didn't want to take a chance with unknowns further up the trail. Was glad we hiked the second part - more satisfying. Bring plenty of water. Did get steep at the end - but that's what water breaks/view breaks are for! Would highly recommend.

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Lexie Zimmerman
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Love the wide trail with the gradual incline. Gets steep at the end but not bad. Wasn't too busy on a Monday morning.

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Stephanie Anziano
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beautiful hike

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RV & Jeep Life
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CRITICAL NOTE: The trail is very easy to miss. When you turn left onto 311, the primary parking lot is a few hundred feet in front of you. We recommend that you park here. To begin the hike, continue on 311. After .2 miles, you'll find a small parking lot on the right. Turn into this parking lot and continue through it for Rabbit Ears Peak Trail. There is zero signage to make the right turn into the small parking lot, so we accidentally continued over a mile up 311 before realizing our mistake. We felt foolish, until we turned around and encountered over a dozen other hiking groups which had made the same mistake. This trail desperately needs a sign here. That being established, this is a very difficult trail to review. Sans people, this would be a 5-star hike. Well groomed and scenic, weaving through aspens and pines and serene meadows, with the iconic Rabbit Ears awaiting you at the top. On our Sunday morning hike, we passed easily 200 other hikers. Everyone was energetic and friendly, but that's more human activity than we generally like to see on a hike. On top of that, this trail is open to Jeeps and ATVs. We didn't see any Jeeps past around the half-mile mark, and I don't think a Jeep could make some of the tree squeezes further up. But we had to endure the engine drone of at least a dozen quads and one dirt bike making their way up the trail. Nothing spoils your commune with nature like hearing those quads fighting their way up the mountain. Again, the trail itself is fantastic. But we would recommend aiming for a weekday if you can.

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Jennifer Boone
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Mostly wide ATV trail all the way up. Nice views, good length, and some fun steep sections! This is a great trail to get some speed on.

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Jackie Puhl
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The trail is difficult, but the reward of the view is worth it.

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Donna Osswald
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fun! but dusty & hot! whew! worth it to scramble at top for views! do iiiiit!

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Ginger K
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Very little shade, lots of wildflowers, 180-degree+ views at the top of smoke-covered forests due to all the wildfires lately throughout the state. Saw a young bear from afar, too!

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Laura H.
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Well kept trail, beautiful wildflowers. Saw a baby and mama black bear in the meadows on the way back down, which made the trip. Hike itself is more of a 3, trail is closer to easy than moderate

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John Wang
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Great hike with tons of wildflowers everywhere. Went a couple weeks ago.

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Dawn Robbins
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Easy for majority of the way. Saw a black bear!

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Emily M
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Great trail with still so many wildflowers! Not a lot of shade. Fairly flat until the last section that becomes very steep.

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Kyle Beaulieu
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Phenomenal trail, gorgeous in the summer, full of wildflowers and wildlife. Do not miss!

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