The Best Hiking Trails in Steamboat

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The summer is quickly coming to an end, and while temperatures are slowly cooling down, that doesn’t mean that it’s time to give up summer. In fact, some of the outdoor activities that you love will likely be more enjoyable at this time of the season. One of the activities that you can continue to participate in, and may even appreciate more is hiking.

While it’s easy to enjoy the view regardless of the season, hiking in some of those unbearably warm days can be challenging and, at times, even dangerous. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures to head out and experience the many trails that Steamboat Springs has to offer. Here are just a few of our favorite trails, some of which you’ve also likely heard of.

Spring Creek Trail

If you haven’t spent too much time hiking, or you’re looking for an easier trail to spend time exploring, then the Spring Creek Trail is a fantastic option. This is one of the highest recommended trails in the area, but it is also one of the easier ones to enjoy in a day. Altogether, this trail is roughly 9.7 miles long and offers a moderate amount of people year round. There are plenty of wildflowers that you’ll be able to enjoy in the summer, snow-capped mountains to enjoy in the winter, and an overall incredible view to take advantage of year-round. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly option, this is one!

Fish Creek Falls Trail

Nothing beats a beautiful view of a waterfall. Here in Colorado, the hidden falls and springs that we have are some of the things that make hiking such a popular pastime. One of the trails that that passes a waterfall is called Fish Creek Falls. The trail is known for being a little bit more challenging and is listed as a moderate trail to visit. Shorter than the previously mentioned hike, this trail comes out to being 4.6 miles when completed. Most people will suggest enjoying this trail anywhere between the months of May and September, to truly enjoy all of the beautiful colors and scenery. Dogs are also allowed on this trail, however, they must be kept on their leash at all times.

Fish Creek to Long Lake

When you’ve hiked for a while, you become a professional and have a better idea of how to tackle the route, plan accordingly and at this point, you’ve also seen some of the most common trails in the state. Colorado has quite a few, so finding something new and fresh to lay eyes on is something that we understand, and this hike does not disappoint. This trail is listed as hard and comes out to being an 11.7-mile hike. There is moderate traffic, with the highest points of traffic being listed between May and September. This hike is another that features a beautiful waterfall on the route, making it a gorgeous hike to enjoy. Dogs are welcome on this difficult hike but must be kept on a leash while visiting.

There are far more hiking trails available in the Steamboat Springs area. If you’re looking to enjoy every ounce of remaining warm weather that you can, then make sure to check out the list of hiking and backpacking trails that are listed on the town’s website. They’ll give you a good idea of how challenging they are when the best time of the year to visit is, and what types of rules you should be expecting upon arrival.

If you do choose to spend some of your days out on the trails, make sure that you are prepared. Bring plenty of water, a map of the trail that you’re planning on walking, and do your best to try and find someone else to go with you.

Have fun the rest of your Steamboat summer and get ready for more blog posts that will cover various events that you can start to look forward to this fall.