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.

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Initially I was disappointed by the closed gate at the Stagecoach end. But the 1.5 mile hike to the trailhead was quite beautiful. And relatively flat. So that was not a problem. While I enjoyed the forest, and the solitude (I did not see anyone else on the trail), was disappointed that the trail did not go along side Sarvis creek? I could not see the creek for the entire first 2 miles on the trail. So then I turned around. The only time I was able to see the beautiful creek was right at the official trailhead. That is why I gave this hike a low rating.
Does this trail ever go along side the creek??

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

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
3 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

jeep trail past several camping sites

hiking
9 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
9 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.

10 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
10 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
10 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.

Great cardio if you take lane of pain to the top!

trail running
10 months ago

Great trail to run, something for everyone. I wouldn't classify this as an easy trail though. It is an easy climb for the first mile which is fireroad, then turns into nice single track with some good climbs. I really enjoyed this trail on my vacation to Steamboat. Even saw a moose in the trail. Shared with Lots of walkers with dogs and a couple mountain bikers.

hiking
10 months ago

Open, wide trail for the climb up to the Quarry. Be sure to see the Quarry's 270-degree view over Steamboat .... breathtaking! For the more adventuresome, hike up the "Lane of Pain" to the top of Emerald Mountain.

We started from Dumont lake and it was about 5.5 miles to Fishhook lake. Wild flowers were incredible! After our trip we drove up base camp road and it was pretty gnarly in some spots and some serious mud to get through after two heavy thundershowers passed through, but we made it my subi SUV. Lots of mountain bikers on the trail. Beautiful hike and great for backpacking. You may even meet some folks doing the CDT from Mexico to Canada.

hiking
11 months ago

We went July 2017. Beautiful wildflowers but there is no trail. Terribly marked. We went to the visitor center and they said that this trail is better kept in the winter for skiing

11 months ago

Beautiful trail! Some overgrown grass in areas, so make sure to wear bug spray! We turned around after 3 miles in due to a mountain lion on the trail! He was chilling on a rock in front of us and didn't seem concerned with us, but we weren't comfortable continuing on. There were several small creeks and streams that would be good for dogs.

nice hike. not busy on a weekday. beware, it's hot in the sun and there are a number of exposed areas. bring h2o.

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