Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Steamboat Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is more of a dirt road that you can access other trails off of. The mountain is geared to mountain bikers instead of hikers. This trail is straight up with no break in incline the entire way. If you are a seasoned hiker at altitude, this is a moderate hike. If you are from the Midwest or sea level, this would be considered a difficult/strenuous hike. There is no shade the entire trail. The view of Mt. Werner ski mountain at the quarry is gorgeous.

on Spring Creek Trail

hiking
4 days 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.

on Windy Ridge

4 days ago

Windy Ridge is a beautiful, easy trail that is great for people of all ages! We saw some groups but hiked alone almost the entire time. The view of rabbit ears and the surrounding lakes are really spectacular from the top of the quarry. As mentioned below, definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen (the ridge is completely open with no coverage)! I would likely avoid after a heavy rain, as it may be pretty muddy.

hiking
12 days ago

This is an easy scenic hike through fields of wildflowers. We only saw 3 other people all day. The trail is narrow and there are bugs so would recommend lightweight hiking pants and bug spray. The flowers and views make it worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike filled with great views and lots of flowers. There are no signs indicating it is Windy Ridge and the drive up to the parking lot looks like a campsite but it’s not. The trail was also pretty quiet and we only saw a few groups of hikers.

This is a multitrail system. My favourites were wild rose where you’ll drown in aspens and Larry where I saw a lot of wild life at dawn. But yes there are many bikers here. Keep ears peeled.

hiking
20 days ago

Mid June, 2 pm. Challenging trail, variety of terrain and scenery. Tall grasses, wild flowers, running water, rocky areas. Bring lots of water, use spf and bug spray. Was told by a local who runs it daily with to watch out for bear, mountain lion and moose (who do not like dogs). Know what to do in each of these situations if you come across one of them. Went up to bridge at creek and returned, about 4-5 miles round trip. On way down sun was going down. Saw large range of markings, prints and paths from larger animals- a bit freaked out especially with no one else on trail and sun going down, was watching out for listed above most of the hike which took away from some enjoyment. Regardless of that a beautiful highly recommended hike in a gorgeous park and area of the state.

hiking
29 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail! It’s name is very appropriate and the views are great. I did this with my family.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good trail for those who don't want to be at a trailhead first thing in the morning but still want distance. there were a few fallen trees toward the beginning of the trail. The muddy spots and water crossings are all within the 1st mile and aren't bad at all. Think more Ninja Warrior balance than dangerous to cross.

it is definotely lightly trafficked so some areas are a little overgrown. The weather was overcast so on a sunny day it would be warm since you are exposed on the ridge. I appreciated the note about the fork in the road (read earlier post) because we almost missed it. Additional note: This falls within open range area, and we did hear Shotgun shots.

Dirt service road not a trail

This hike is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d recommend going down to the lake. Be careful though, there are a lot of wildlife! We almost ran into a moose, it was a beautiful sight though. I’d say this hike is actually very easy, just muddy especially early in the season. The trail can be a little hard to find at the beginning we got lost a few times.

Did this trail on Mother’s Day. Easy and manageable with beautiful landscapes. Parallels the creek the whole way. We came a bit too close for comfort with a moose.

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

hiking
2 months ago

Full sun exposure on the hiking trail makes it a hot one. But beautiful views of the ski resort and town. I’d recommend early or late in the day when it’s cooler. Bikes and maintenance equipment kick up quite a bit of dust onto us hikers as they pass. I think it’s much better as a mountain bike area.

Great trail to take your dogs....beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

I recommend waiting until late-May to hike the trail...recently did an overnight backpacking trip here and could only get about 2.5 miles in (due to snow that was 1 - 2 feet in places) before I had to make camp. You could see the snow was rapidly melting, but it will take a while. Also, you will have to park about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk a dirt road to the Sarvis Creek trailhead...this will be the case until a downed tree is cleaned up on the access road.

I look forward to coming back this summer and hiking the entire trail. The scenery was great, and I did see a bald eagle and herd of elk on my short hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

If you take this trail counterclockwise the steep portion is around 2 miles. I was told this was the easier route to take. Trail conditions were packed and it was an easy snowshoe. Plan on between an hour and a half to two hours plus depending on how many stops you make to enjoy the views.

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great ride with a hard climb and fast down hill. Beautiful views of the trees and mountains.

hiking
10 months ago

Many trails in this area ... but we stuck to the main hiking trail to the quarry and views of Steamboat and airport in the distance. Plenty of bike options, if you've got that equipment.

hiking
10 months ago

jeep trail past several camping sites

hiking
10 months ago

Quiet hike - trail is not well marked, but plenty of open space to pick a route in the tree line, across the meadow, or along the brook. Saw Elk in the meadow along with various birds. If you like solitude and a chance to pick any route, then you may enjoy this one.

on Windy Ridge

hiking
10 months ago

Nice Sub alpine hike through conifers and aspens with some open wildflower meadows along the aptly named windy ridge. Be prepared for cows. Ends at a nice rocky bluff an Indian artifact site Gorgeous views in many aspects.

So many trails up in here. Lots of mountain bikers. I'd like to come back and bike it. But it was a nice hike with the kids. Lots of sun exposure.

11 months ago

Great trail, lots of bear markings so be watchful! Didn't make it quite to the end as weather was turning ominous. Would highly recommend it!

Was a nice, easy hike. Was a beautiful day to enjoy with our 2 Boxer dogs. And bonus of a leash free lake that they got to enjoy.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy going trail, a couple of small creek crossings but nothing big. Walking along the ridge is pleasant with the constant breeze. Bugs not a problem this late in the season.

Turn-off from 40 is open as of 8/12/17. FS road: recommend high clearance vehicle or 4WD if muddy. Good hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, moderate hike. Only real difficulty was that there were several small water crossings on logs that were treacherous. About 2.3 miles out there is a fork in the trail. The fork to the left goes downhill toward Lilly Lake and is clearly an old road. The trail to the right is a single track and apparently takes the hiker to a quary where the Ute Indians used to make arrow points. This needs to be added to the description of the hike - we missed it and someone we passed on the way out showed us the info in a book.

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