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Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop

 4.4 (30)

15.8 Miles 25.5 Kilometers



2,169' 661 m


-2,152' -656 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

8,198' 2,499 m


6,800' 2,073 m


Shared By Leslie Kehmeier


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A great long loop that has it all; long climbs, stellar views and rippin' descents.

Leslie Kehmeier

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The Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop is a great option for a longer ride near Steamboat. The route is accessed from Cow Creek on the backside of Emerald Mountain.
Rotary can easily be ridden as a great separate 4-mile loop, it shares a short section with Ridge. It is not closed during calving season.
Closed December - June 30 for elk calving, but sometimes is opened early.


The Beall - Ridge Rotary Loop starts with a short warm up on Cow Creek Rd from the trailhead at the bottom of Ridge. The dirt road is mostly flat and well-packed.

Look for a trailhead on your left after a couple of miles. Pass through the gate and bear right onto Beall. The lower reaches of the trail start in open and shrubby vegetation, transitioning to dark evergreen and mature aspen forest. The route climbs steadily but not overly steep. Halfway through, the Beall crests a lower ridge and provides a short downhill.

From here to the intersection with Ridge, the route contours and climbs gradually to the top of Emerald Mountain. Near the summit, there are fantastic sweeping views to the south and west.

Stay left at the top of Emerald Mountain to continue the ride on Ridge. From here you can also add mileage with some of the front side trails on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill.

Get ready for a fantastic part of the ride! Ridge runs from the top of Emerald Mountain all the way down to Cow Creek. It's a rowdy and fun adventure.

At the top intersection with Beall, Ridge drops initially with one quick climb and then a sweeping right-hand turn through a high meadow. From here to the bottom, the trail descends steadily along a fenceline, crossing an old doubletrack several times.

The trail travels through tight vegetation, mostly oak brush. Be advised, some of the bends in the trail are blind so balance speed with safety.

Every once in awhile the canopy breaks and you'll be treated to amazing views of the surrounding Western Slope landscape.

Towards the bottom of the route, pass the first intersection with Rotary to maximize the descent. Turn right at the lower intersection.

Rotary begins with an easy climb, twisting and turning its way through oak brush and across sage meadows. To do Rotary only start up Ridge to the right then left on Rotary for a great little loop.

At the top of the climb, Rotary intersects with an upper connector to Ridge. From here Rotary transitions to a more gravity-style experience with banks, berms and rollers.

After the last series of rollers, the Rotary transitions across a large flat meadow and crosses a large boardwalk. The final bit of trail runs along the hillside above Cow Creek back to the start of the route.


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Jul 7, 2018
Mark Rocheleau
May 26, 2018
Christian Ravsten
Sep 30, 2017
Ashley Plumer
Sep 5, 2017
tyler.s Stolt
Fun, but dry and desert-like... the rotary loop was much more fun. Or, ride the Beall trail as an out and back?
Aug 12, 2017
Jatin Dey
MTB race day 12mi
Aug 5, 2017
Jamie Sampey
Jul 16, 2017
Stan Crane
With Krista Combs 12.8mi
Jul 3, 2017
Jill Syvret
awesome ride! 15mi

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This trail has zero techy obstacles, but what it does it does well. Gentle uphill grades with flowy descents that use gravity well without having to over-brake. Both trails would likely be fun downhill, but descending Ridge allows you to ride the Rotary. It is part trail and part beginner pump track. weeeeee... Jul 8, 2014

Beall is closed every season until June 30. Jul 16, 2014

I would add that you park at one of the two trail parking lots, but you will continue up CR 45 on your bike for 2 miles, and there you will find Beall (pronounced: Bell by the locals) with a map bulletin board through a chained green gate. Beall is a little steep in the beginning, but then turns into a fun climb with ups, and downs. Ridge, then Rotary, are almost all downhill (we took a right at the first intersection with Rotary), until the very end. Oct 18, 2014

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