“Exposed easy swithbacks with a ton of climbing!”
— Nick Wilder
From the parking lot, immediately start grinding up hot, exposed singletrack. There are lots of switchbacks, but they're easy to negotiate, so put your head down and crank.
Reach a ridge with a commanding vista of the entire valley. Contour around and descend a few hundred feet before hitting Elk Park Road. From here, you can take the road up to Elk Park, or head downhill all the way to Steamboat Springs.