Steamboat Springs Day 1 - Emerald Mountain

Jolene and I arrived in Steamboat Springs this afternoon. We stopped by Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare to ask for trail recommendations. They suggested the Emerald Mountain trail network with the trail head a few blocks away. We changed, drove over and started riding.

At first we weren't impressed. The trails were OK, but the grassy hills had no shade and it was 90 degrees. But as we climbed higher it got better and better.

We climbed up Larry's Trail then up Lupine to the quarry where we took this photo.

We started up the Lane of Pain, but got tired of the steep jeep road and didn't want to fry our legs on the first day, so we turned around and backtracked a ways.

This boardwalk was fun.

Back at a junction we went west and climbed up through some gorgeous forest.

The trail turned steep so we took another trail down and ended up on MGM trail and took it all the way down to the access road.

We had our doubts about trails right next to town, but Emerald Mountain was good.

After the ride we checked into the hotel, showered and ate dinner in town.

Tomorrow we'll probably do part of the Wyoming trail - it's supposed to be one of the best trails in the area.


reabbotted said...

Looks beautiful.

JoshuaMcC said...

You lead a charmed life, trips like that with a wife who rides. Lucky devil.