Hiking in Steamboat Springs
Publication Date: October 30, 2010
Hiking in Steamboat - For detailed information on each hike visit the Forest Service site
Emerald Mountain Quarry
Head West on US 40 to 13th Street. Turn Left onto 13th street and drive over bridge and make a left on Gilpin. Turn Left on Saratoga Avenue and make a quick right onto Routt Street. Trail head and parking are straight ahead of you.
2 miles each way
Fish Creek Falls
This is a Steamboat local's favorite!
From downtown Steamboat Springs head east on third street. Turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road for 3 miles to the Fish Creek Falls Parking area. There are two parking lots provided at a cost of $5.
Hans Peak Pearl Lake
Drive West on US HWY out of Steamboat Springs. Turn Right onto Routt 120 by 7/11 and head North for 23 miles. Turn Right at the Pearl Lake sign onto NFSR 485 to take you to the eastside entrance to the lake.
Mad Creek/Hot Springs Trail.
Drive West to Steamboat on US 40. Turn Right onto Routt 129 by 7/11 and head North for 5.5 miles to the Mad Creek Trailhead.
To access the Hot Springs Trail, walk along the highway south for 400 yards to FDR 128. Roughly ½ mile up, the hot springs trail cuts off to the right.
3 miles each way
Mount Warner-Storm Peak
Enjoy a hike up and/or down Steamboat’s top rated ski mountain. With the many different trails you can make your day as easy or as challenging as you would like. Bring a picnic lunch to eat up top or enjoy the wonderful food on the deck on top of the gondola.
Rabbit Ears Peak
A beautiful scenic hike up to the rock formations that gave Rabbit Ears pass its name. Unending groves of colorful wildflowers throughout large meadows all along this hike.
Take US 40 East up Rabbit Ears Pass for approximately 19 miles. Turn Left, North, at the Dumont Lake sign and follow the road to the Rabbit Ears Pass monument and turn Left to NFSR 311 for approximately ¼ mile to NFSR 291 on the Right. Park and hike on the road.
3 Miles each way
From Steamboat Springs head East on US 40 to HWY 131 and turn Right. Drive 4.4 miles to Routt County Road 18 and turn Left. Follow Routt County Road 18 to Service Creek State Wildlife Area and turn Left and drive 0.4 miles to the trailhead and parking area.
2.2 miles each way
Seven Springs Tour of Steamboat Springs
Take a tour of some of the famous thermal mineral hot springs located in the area. Free maps are available at the Chamber Information and Visitor’s Center 1255 South Lincoln Avenue across the street from McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
From US 40 Lincoln Avenue, turn North on 3rd street. Go up 2 blocks to Pine Street and turn Right onto Maple Street. You will go by the High School. The parking area and access to the trail is at the corner of Amethyst Drive and Maple Street. ½ mile to the reservoirs.
Three Island Lake
Drive West to Steamboat on US 40. Turn Right onto Routt 129 by 7/11 and head North for 18 miles to Seedhouse Road, NFSR 400. Turn Right past the Seedhouse campground on NFSR 443 and continue approximately 3 miles to the Three Island Lake trailhead on the left side of the road.
3.5 miles each way