Personal Guide to Mountain Biking in Steamboat

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The Porches concierge takes you through a day on the trails at Steamboat Resort

After a long and warm summer, we are welcoming to the cool breeze and crisp air of these beautiful fall days. With quite a few weeks before the snow starts to fall, there is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all that Steamboat has to offer. Mountain biking has been taking Steamboat by storm in recent years as one of the most popular sports in town. Steamboat Ski Resort has been working diligently to develop a system of trails for riders of all ability levels.

The Steamboat Bike Park offers 15 trails for downhill biking. 6 of which are for beginners and the other 9 for intermediate to advanced riders. While the Steamboat Bike Park is solely designed and permitted for downhill biking, there are also 18 multi-use trails available for both hiking and biking that allow those of you that enjoy the climb to ride uphill as well.

The Porches concierge and resident mountain bike fanatic, Sara, took us on a tour of her favorite loops on the mountain.


A day well spent on the mountain:

Most rewarding: Gondola to Sunshine to Cathy’s Cutoff to Storm Peak (when I’m feeling strong!):

-Taking the Gondola up and heading over to Sunshine allows you to gain elevation quickly

-There is always plenty of wildlife and wildflowers along this part of the mountain to make your ride both scenic and enjoyable

-There is less traffic from other bikers and hikers on these trails than you’ll find on the lower part of the mountain


From there you have a few options for your way down:

-You can come down the same way for a descending adventure or you can go down Storm Peak Challenge (Buddy’s Run) for a fast and furious descent

-There are a lot of options to get back to the base: take the Gondola to download, Why Not Road, Pioneer to Creekside, Moonlight to Valley View, Bike Park trails (NOTE: a bike park pass is required for this)



The ride I’m looking forward to today: Gondola to Duster to Sunshine to Rainbow Saddle, down Pioneer to Creekside to Burgess Creek Road then back to The Porches!

-I start with an easy warm up on Duster from there is it a moderate climb to a descent on Sunshine

-There is a fun rolling descent on Pioneer (a blue run) followed by even more excitement on Creekside (a black run)

-Creekside ends on Burgess Creek Road, a fun curving road, that connects with Mt. Werner and puts me out right at The Porches. Be careful and watch for cars on this part


As always, we recommend you wear a helmet and other protective gear while enjoying the ride! The mountain offers fun for the whole family. Take the kids on a ride up the Gondola or let them run and play in the base area, soaking in the last of the summer sun. When you’re finished there a few great dining options in Torian Plum plaza to refuel with a snack and a beverage.

For more information on springtime activities in Steamboat Springs contact The Porches