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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,633/654 ft
Total: 24 riders
 

Mountain Biking Beall Trail

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#78 of 1,322 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#687 in the world

The Beall Trail is a singletrack trail located on the backside of Emerald Mountain that climbs all the way up from the bottom (County Road 45) to the top. Or, on the flipside, it descends off the top of the mountain all the way down the back.
The locals normally climb this trail, since it's an easier climb than the nearby Ridge Trail. The singletrack passes through some gorgeous aspen forests as it climbs up the mountain side, providing some awesome views higher up.
6 miles one-way.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
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On the Backside of Emerald Mountain
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  • Jim Cummings
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    Typically, the Beall trail is ridden in a circuit with the Ridge Trail and the Rotary Trail. The three of them are on the back of Emerald Mountain and make for a good circuit of about 15 miles with over 1200 feet of altitude gain and loss. They link into the Emerald Mountain bike park at the summit. Nevertheless, this is a back-country ride traversing forests and meadows. Most people drive the 8 miles from Steamboat Springs to the trail-head on Co Rd 45 and ride from there. You start by riding a mile or so further along Co Rd 45 from the trail-head, then you ride up Beall to the summit, and down the Ridge Trail back to the trail-head, with a detour around Rotary.

    These are cross-country, semi-wilderness trails - don't look for bike park features like swooping berms, jumps, rollers, etc. They usually get a grade 3 (intermediate) rating and they're non-threatening but they're steeper and narrower than intermediate riders will be used to. They make a good training ride - long enough and with enough climb to give a sense of achievement... There are panoramic views from the summit. The descent is fast and fun - but you have to stay focused because these are narrow trails.

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  • kuala_tahan
    *****

    Mellow, beautiful, smooth climb up. Climb this, then descend Ridge/Rotary. That whole loop rocks, just fast, supremely flowy singletrack.

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  • gregval
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    Reroad this trail (loop with Ridge and Rotary) again. Still amazing; smooth uphill. The first 1.5 miles were a bit steeper, then mellowed to the top a bit. Ridge is great downhill. Added the rest of Rotary this time; what a loopy downhill.
    Started at the end of Rotary, road up CR45 first to get it out of the way.
    One of my fav trails in CO; great flowy smooth trails mostly, and very fun down.
    Don't miss it if in the "boat".

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  • Groomster62
    *****

    The easiest way up Emerald Mountain. Make a loop with Ridge or make it a shuttle ride and ride the frontside trails to town, (Blair witch, mgm, Lupine, etc.) If you like to be on top of a mountain but you don't want to work hard for it, Beall is your trail. Smooth and flowy with limited obstacles.

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  • gregval
    *****

    What a great flowy, smooth singletrack trail. We climbed it, in a loop with the Ridge trail and Rotary Trail. Nice climb of about 7 miles to the intersection with Ridge. Then a great downhill back to the CR 45. Highly recommended for those who like smooth, flowy singletrack.

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