Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

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

I’ve ridden this trail system about 3 times. It is very popular with locals & visitors. The trails are intermediate to advanced. Beautiful transitions from Gamble Oak forest to Aspens to Pines.
If you ride all the way up to the ridge it’s an awesome, flowy downhill. Check with the bike shop by the river near the north side of town to put together trails for your ability.
Too many names to mention.

Turns out despite the info on this page that states dogs are allowed on leash, we were not able to do this trial since we got there and were told no dogs allowed!! Hopefully someone can update that info for future hikers!

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

off road driving
6 months ago

Road up the springs is rough. Need a truck or suv. Go during the day very dark at night w no lights to see where you are going. Beautiful sunsets.

I myself am out if shape, my daughter is 9. We took our time, and enjoyed everything along the way. We went in mid October, the day after some snow flurries. there was just enough snow to keep her going.

mountain biking
8 months ago

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

mountain biking
8 months ago

We're first time mountain bikers. Everything we read about Bluffs loop stated it was a beginner/moderate trail. My opinion for first time riders.. it was difficult. We made it but made frequent stops along the way. Few spots with rocks, single track with no roots. The view is beautiful well worth the ride.

9 months ago

Firstly, the fact that you can hike to Strawberry Hot Springs is incredible and quite the reward! The trailhead itself is hard to find. Once you park in the lot, walk to the opposite side of the kit from the trailhead sign. Walk along the road for about .5 of a mile until there is an inlet where the trail actually begins. It's about 5 and 1/2 miles round trip. The trail is pretty narrow most of the time right in the forest. It's much better than driving or paying for the hot springs shuttle.

drove to it so cant rank the hike but it was a refreshing swim/soak/stretch.

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.

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

trail running
9 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.

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.

Gentle climb up the to hot springs. The spring was beautiful, expensive but beautiful. The hike was pretty tame, not much to see apart from very long grasses. Following the creek was nice as that gave a slightly open view every now and again

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

So lovely!

11 months ago

Beautiful easy hike through the woods along side the winding Mad Creek. There and back we only encountered two other hiking groups. Many snake and small lizard sightings. Butterflies galore. Lots of chipmunks. One dead elk carcass which must be quite old.

Great way to visit the Strawberry Park Hot Springs by a relaxing hike to and from.

11 months ago

First of all the trail head was hard to find. Very busy area (sports complex) and no signs. It's back behind the rodeo area by the stables. The trail is mostly a bike trail. In some places it's only 9 inches wide with waist high weeds on either side (check for ticks when you get home) so it's hard to walk on. On the other hand it's fairly smooth with few rocks or roots. There are a lot of narrow bike trails on the Mtn which criss cross and the signage is poor. On the plus side the views were magnificent. We got a lot of good pics.

nature trips
11 months ago

Multiple relaxing pools with different temperatures. HCV or 4-wheel recommended.

Amazing trail. Beautiful views. Ends at hot springs where you can make a pit stop for bathroom and water.

11 months ago

Definitely a nice hike for beginners and beyond. The trail was easy to follow and very open - no trees really. The view was beautiful and we saw some wild flowers along the way. We hiked but saw some mountain bikers too who were looping on our trail as well as the cross country ski trails that connect to it.

FYI the turnoff from 40 is still closed (blocked by rocks), we tried to access the trail today 6/4/17

Blew my mind

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Love it, lots of water

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beautiful hot springs, a great way to relax after a hike. The last part of the road outside of Steamboat up to the hot springs is packed dirt with inclines, chains are required in winter and AWD for rainy days.

Camping is available at the hot springs as well.

Friday, March 10, 2017

I hike emerald mtn portion almost every day after the snow melts... Addictive hike.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Contrary to the months listed in the description, the trail gets a lot of traffic in the winter months as well. Because of the heavy use, the times I've been on it this winter I haven't needed any equipment besides my hiking boots, but I've passed a lot of snowshoers and cross country skiers (and a lot of dogs). The later part of the trail reads closed due to elk habitation (although it's clear many have ignored that signage and continued on) but even the shortened hike is fabulous, with great views. Hiking through the snowy pines is a magical experience as well. Not challenging.

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