Emerald Mountain Flow Fest
Emerald Mountain Flow Fest is recognized as a beautiful, new-school, purpose-built singletrack on the hill. This moderate trail offers you all the best at Emerald Mountain: aspen-drenched climbs, magnificent scenery of the valley, and to top it off, a world-class downhill which is welcoming to all levels of riders.
Located just southwest of downtown Steamboat, this is a gem in the heart of this mountain biking destination.
As the very first section of this ride is unshaded, on sunny days, it's best done in the morning before it gets too hot.
A true singletrack with tons of switchbacks. A big climb followed by a nice narrow descent. The very first section of climbing is rolling and gentle. The trail gradually gets steeper.
You may start at Howelsen Park, and note that it is quite tough finding your way around for your first time. Skip the park sign and take your first left in front of the tennis court. Keep on going down the road, past a baseball diamond and see a horse rental stable as well as a parking area.
Park there and head south to the hill. Find a small singletrack and posted park map.
Food and drink
There are no food or dink provisions along the way, but ample restaurants and cafés are offered on the other side of the river. Check out the Creekside Café and Grill at 11th street where you can have a tasty breakfast and lunch before or after your ride.
Leave the parking lot then head left and climb up singletrack to the intersection with Bluffs Loop. Here you encounter numerous switchbacks to climb. Heading up Lupine, you will ride through varied terrain. Some technical sections might appear as well.
After a while going up, Morning Gloria offers an apex of a right-hand turn. It appears to be rolling and gentle at first. A few miles later, the trail gets wide with a couple of switchbacks. Dust aside, the scenery in the area is worth it: monster ferns and huge aspens alongside the route.
Then you'll climb some steeper ascents that may get a little bit challenging. Reach the intersection of Quarry Mountain and the Ridge Connector. Here, take a break and admire the view of the valley below.
When you're all set, start to drop down back toward downtown. After a fast run down Quarry Mountain, turn right at the intersection with Blair Witch and cruise out to Blackmere Road.
From this point you can choose either two ways: keep riding across the road and enjoy a descent of Little Moab if you want some technical slab traveling; or turn left to swing down the road and reach the beginning of the main trail just up the road of the end of Little Moab: NPR.
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