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.

The trail was so hard to find! We walked up past some of the camp grounds and stumbled upon it. And it is not marked or well kept so we got lost and went off the trail a few times. Thankfully I was able to use the map on this to see if our GPS location showed us on the trail still, or which direction we needed to go. This is the only way we knew we had found the trail in the first place. Very pretty, and moderate trail, my little-hiking-experience friend and pup did great on it though. There were I think 4 little lakes on the hike, lots of pines and the weather was perfect today. Very low trafficked, I guess today was the end of hunting season so if you go during this season wear something colorful. The drive up to the parking lot is gorgeous right now with all the aspen changing color! Really really bumpy so you can’t bring a low clearance car up here.

The first 2 lakes are beautiful. However, agree with Amanda Miller. We spent lots of times wandering looking for a trail. We found one finally that took us from Summit Lake to the first lake. The app was horrible on a cell phone. Anyway, we did get lost. Thanks goodness for Google Maps and a phone that did not die. Of a 5-6 hour "hike", we spent about 2 hours on trails. I would go again but study a map on the website with the satellite and compare with Google Maps. May not ever use Alltrails again because of this. Made it sound like a simple, well marked trail. Trailhead for this hike is not even marked at parking areas.

1 month ago

This trail is easy to find and well maintained. We hiked about 2.5-3 miles of it in 50 minutes then turned around to head back to the parking lot. My only complaint is it’s narrow and the sides are sloped inward, like a narrow ditch, so our knees and hips were sore when we were done.

Tried to hike this trail, but it’s not marked, was very difficult to find, and wasn’t well used. We abandoned the attempt because we worried about getting lost. I recommend the nearby Wyoming trail instead.

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.

on Sarvis Creek

1 month ago

Closed as of 8/11/18 due to fire in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness. We hiked into the trail after the postings on the trailhead were unclear if this particular trail was closed. About .25 miles into the hike there was a black bear peacefully eating berries off a bush that was overhanging the trail. We were maybe 15 yards from the bear and it quickly scurried off into the bushes when it heard us. Large (probably bear) scat on the trail further ahead. About .7 miles into the hike we found a clear and distinct warning that this trail was closed from a gate that guarded the trail and was locked. Posted warning stated all of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area was closed due to the fire. I imagine not much human trail activity for the past few weeks may have invited bears and other wildlife closer to the trail. Otherwise looked like a beautiful hike and I will be back when the fires have run their course.

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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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

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.

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.

2 months 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.

Dirt service road not a trail

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.

4 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.

4 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.

6 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
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

jeep trail past several camping sites

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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.

Monday, August 28, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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.

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