August 9, 2013
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.
Want to ride amazing singletrack in Steamboat? Check out the CDT trail!