Lower Bear Trail

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Lower Bear Trail

Lower Bear Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the appeals of the Lower Bear Trail—indeed, one of the appeals of many rides in the area—is that you can start riding from downtown Steamboat Springs. Lower Bear Trail replaces the old “Two-track Trail” that had previously run through private property. Although it may seem that this ride offers more climbing than descending, there is plenty of screaming descent awaiting you once you reach the trail’s high point.

Aside from the short but sweet singletrack descent from the top, the descent on Elk Park Road, straight and steep, more than makes up for any burn you may have felt while climbing. Indeed, the descent on Elk Park Road ranks among one of the best mountain bike descents along any road."

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Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
1,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Paved road, four-wheel-drive dirt road, and singletrack. Riders encounter rocky singletrack, sand, ruts, and soft forest singletrack.
1.5-2.5 hours
Mid-June to early October
Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
Routt County Riders, Steamboat Springs; Routt National Forest, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Dr., Steamboat Springs 80487; (970) 870-2299.
Local Contacts
USGS Steamboat Springs, Rocky Peak; Trails Illustrated maps #117: Clark, Buffalo Pass and #118: Steamboat Springs, Rabbit Ears Pass; Routt National Forest map; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 16 D-3.
Local Maps