Emerald Mountain

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added by Jeff Barber World Champ on June 15, 2012
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Incredible variety of trails with easy access to downtown. The lower trails tend to be steep and exposed but once you get up above 7500 feet the Aspen and ferns take over and yield some of the best singletrack around. Trails are fairly well signed but it's a good idea to bring a map so you don't miss anything. Be sure to hit Blair Witch, Quarry Mountain, and Hudson - these are great trails! Also known as Howelsen Hill Trail System.
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ranchero7 on March 11, 2015
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Review: Great option for 1-2 hour rides from town. Super fun! Short season due to mud/snow. Really snotty slippery when wet.

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Mac10Matt on October 31, 2013
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Review: Not much to add from the other reviews, but I highly recommend climbing ALL the way to the top. The best downhill drops off from the top of the brutal jeep-trail climb. I also loved the little Moab climb.

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Greg Heil on August 9, 2013
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Review: Emerald Mountain is a complex singletrack network that is accessible directly from downtown Steamboat Springs.

When I stopped in one of the bike shops in Steamboat and asked for recommendations, I had one person tell me to "do all of Emerald Mountain, and then go from there." While it is easily accessible and it does house some good trails, I was left somewhat unimpressed with Emerald. Sure, there was some great riding, and you can knock out a 30-40 mile ride there, but in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to the nearby high alpine riding.
Still, compared to the greater bulk of mountain bike trails in the nation, I still need to give Emerald 4 stars. But there are much, much better trails in the area.

Similar Trail: Want to ride amazing singletrack in Steamboat? Check out the CDT trail!

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spgsmtbdad on August 5, 2013
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Review: Awesome network of trails. They are pretty well marked with posted maps throughout. Be ready to climb to get to some of the best trails on top. Youll get whipped with lots of vegetation on the way down so bringing something to cover up legs and arms may be worth while but not needed.

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krj on July 25, 2013
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Review: Not much more to say about the trails that hasn't already been said. I'd 2nd the idea of starting early to avoid the tennis shoed rental bike crowd. A note on access. There are 2 trailheads for this network. One is lookers left of the ski jumps & lifts. It starts out single track & mostly remains as such. Take 5th, cross the river, take a right & at the 1st stop sign take a left, park by the horse corrals. The other TH is on the lookers right of the ski jumps & lifts. It starts out dirt road & remains so for awhile (too much for my likeing). To get there take 5th, cross the river & take a right, continue until the road ends in a parking lot.

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jpwcalvary on June 17, 2013
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Review: trails are in great condition. few ruts on single tracks. due to the popularity of Steamboat, ride early in the morning as most tourist flock to the mtn. in late morning/afternoon.

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dsmilkstein on July 27, 2012
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Review: There are actually 25 miles of single track on Emerald. There is good single track access at the yurt by the stables, but better mapping, trail signage and a base area kiosk will help a lot. Trails are as good as they get and well worth exploration.

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Ceeski on July 25, 2012
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Review: Very smooth, rolling singletrack. Plan on having green shins from all the ferns. A shady alternative to climbing the front side is to come up the newer Beall Trail on the back(western side) of Emerald Mountain, but you'll need someone to drop you off using CR 33 and CR45. The Beall Trail is mostly shaded, pretty rolling, and about seven miles one-way. Although Emerald Mountain isn't technical or rocky like Front Range trails, it's hard not to fall in love with this trail system. It's very well-designed and provides great views of Steamboat, plus you can hop in the Yampa River or ride straight into town when you're done. Bottom line, I'd gladly drive from the Denver area to ride this system again.

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Jeff Barber on June 29, 2012
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Review: The upper portions of Emerald Mountain area easily the best: beautiful Aspen groves, narrow singletrack, and amazing wildflowers. The initial climb up is a bit of a hot drag but the descent is worth every bit of the climb! I could spend hours exploring the upper trails.

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Emerald Mountain MTB Trail 4.56 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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