A late evening thunder storm rolled through the Yampa Valley last night, a common occurrence for this time of the year. The moisture is always a welcomed gift. It keeps our river flowing, nurtures our lush forests full of aspens and wild flowers, and allows our local farms to flourish. It is also an important component in keeping our trails in tip top condition. Precipitation calms down the dust and helps shape our trails. At times, the rain puts my normal route up Emerald Mountain on hold, and searching for a new path to ride, I am drawn to the Spring Creek trailhead. This popular local ride is located within the city limits of Steamboat Springs and takes minutes to get to from anywhere in town. Whether you need to get out for a quick trail run, a short dog walk or few hours in the saddle, this little treasure is for everyone.
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area plays host to some truly amazing road riding. There are endless routes one can choose to ride, each having its own and unique character. [Read more…]
Ever since I was little boy, a Sunday morning stroll has been a staple in my house. Whether it’s a leisure drive out to the beach or a walk in the woods, spending time with my family has always been most important. In Steamboat, our favorite family outing is the Yampa River Core Trail. This 7.5 mile paved bike path not only connects one end of the city to the other, but also ties our community together.
The early morning sun peers through the aspens as I dance my way up the Lupine Trail. Still tacky from last night’s thunderstorm, this pure singletrack winds from the base of historic Howelsen Hill and climbs its way up to the beautiful vantage point known as “the Quarry.” The views of Steamboat Ski Resort and the quaint mountain town below are breathtaking and the ride is worth every pedal stroke. [Read more…]
Full face helmet … check.
Shoulder pads … check.
8-inch travel mountain bike … check.
Nerves of steel … double check.
I’ve been riding a bike for more than 40 years. I’ve ridden to the top of some of the greatest mountain passes in the country, and I’ve ridden from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in one summer.
I’ve even ridden most of the epic trails of Fruita and Moab, but when it comes to putting on pads and letting gravity take over, I get very nervous. There is something scary about downhill riding and flying at a high rate of speed, going over jumps and taking drops that I can’t get used to. I’m a rider that loves cross country riding. Give me a rolling single track trail and I am happy as a pig in mud. Climbing has always been my favorite aspect of riding, but when the trail turns and it starts to go downhill, I get bent out of shape.
I decided this past summer to conquer my fears. The Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Ski Resort plays host to more than 50 miles of built and maintained trails for all ability levels. These trails can be accessed from the gondola and with a bike pass you can load your two-wheeled buddy onto the lift and experience a fun-filled day of riding the newly created downhill and freeride terrain. [Read more…]