Valley View is a good chunk of advanced singletrack that traverses Steamboat Ski area. Accessed from the Thunderhead gondola or ridden from the bottom, the trail is good in either direction. It can also be combined with other trails or bike part routes to create a variety of riding experiences.
Often times Valley View is started from Moonlight
. The route contours up and down initially with a bit more climbing than expected. There are rocky sections mixed in with random roots so be prepared to mash pedals through some tough sections.
From there the route breaks out into the open and rolls through a slabby section of granite. The break in the trees is brief as the trail ducks back into the forest. There's a few more open sections before a longer descent into a series of turns and switchbacks. This portion of the route intersects Rustlers Ridge
twice - it's good to be trail aware here. Downhill riders will have speed and be seeking airtime in this area.
After more traversing, contouring and descending, Valley View turns across the slope under the gondola and then wraps around to the north. It's a slightly confusing intersection - stay between the Thunderhead hiking trail signs and head downhill.
The lower sections of Valley View are fast with long runs connected by a few switchbacks. The trail itself is not as engaging as the upper reaches but does provide great views of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley.
The route finishes at a service road. Turn right and continue downhill to a major intersection with Wrangler Gulch