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Emerald Mountain Trail Network

05/18/2021 11:31AM ● By Rachel Miller

Justin Reiter bikes MGM trail on Emerald Mountain. Photo by Noah Wetzel.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Steamboat Springs is almost as much of a bike town as it is a ski town, with an abundance of mountain biking options for every skill level. One of the best mountain biking spots, with easy accessibility from downtown, is Emerald Mountain. To get to Emerald, starting from Fifth Street, head south and make a right on Howelsen Parkway. Park at Olympian Hall or at the rodeo ground horse stables, behind which the trailhead can be found.

Recommended Trails on Emerald Mountain

1. NPR 

NPR stands for “No Pedaling Required,” and is a favorite among Steamboat bikers for that very reason. Coast all the way down this downhill-only trail from the front side of Emerald Mountain, at points crossing a flowing combination of berms, ramps and tabletops.

2. Morning Gloria 

Morning Gloria winds to the top of Quarry Mountain through lush forests and features a mellow grade and tons of sharp switchback turns, making it a better uphill than a downhill. 

3. Beall 

Beall is best done as a climb, with access to the top of Emerald Mountain, and culminates in breathtaking mountaintop views. Staying at a mellow grade the whole way, the trail starts in the open but transitions into forested terrain. There’s a short downhill portion at the midpoint.

4. Wild Rose 

Accessed a third of the way up No Mo’ Bluez, hit Wild Rose for access to the backside of Emerald as well as fantastic aspen-grove biking. 

5. MGM

Twist and turn down a singletrack through aspen groves and brush, eventually emerging into a meadow with panoramic views of Steamboat. MGM, best done as a descent, is perfect for getting into a flow without many obstacles along the way. 

Visit the City of Steamboat Springs’ interactive trail map for a comprehensive list of biking trails: