Rustlers Ridge

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  4.5 from 8 votes
blue  Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #1 in the Steamboat Mountain Resort & Bike Park area
#86 in CO, #498 Overall
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Trail in the area near Steamboat Springs,
“A wild ride in the Steamboat Bike Park.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Aug 22, 2013
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4.16.6 milesKilometers 25’8 m Ascent 9,053’2,759 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -1,862’-567 m Descent 7,216’2,199 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
Rustlers Ridge starts on the south side of the Thunderhead gondola. The trail gets rowdy immediately as you drop into a big exposed berm. From there the trail drops rapidly through more berms and a few rollers, giving you a feel for what kind of experience lies ahead.

From there, the route lets off the gas a bit with flowing trail and a few berms on shallower terrain, allowing for a few brief moments to look at the sweeping views of the Steamboat Valley.

The middle section of Rustlers goes through the 'toilet bowl', a giant sweeping turn through the aspens. There are also plenty of gravity features to help you get airborne. The trail intersects Valley View through here so be aware of cross traffic.

Just below this area Rustlers passes a junction with Rustlers Ridge Connector, a bail-out option to the top of Christie Peak.

The lower reaches of Rustlers start with some steep turns and sweeping bends that feed into a relentless series of deep berms and fast sections of trail. Your legs and arms will be burning as you roll to the end of the trail.

It's dealers choice at the end: Buckin' Bronc for the advanced and brave or E-Z Rider for a cruise into the base of the mountain.
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PHOTOS of Rustlers Ridge
  5.0 from 3 votes
Whipping a turn on the wood. @Steamboat Resort (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  4.7 from 3 votes
It gets rowdy right away on Rustlers Ridge (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  4.4 from 5 votes
Going HUGE! (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  4.2 from 5 votes
Dropping down through the aspens on the upper reaches of Rustlers Ridge (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
The Rustlers experience - lots of berms, lots of views (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Team train! (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Flushing out of the 'toilet bowl' on Rustlers Ridge (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
The berm section on Valley View (Steamboat Springs, CO)