The Divide Trail Epic

 17 votes

25.9 Miles 41.6 Kilometers



1,824' 556 m


-4,476' -1,364 m


10,386' 3,166 m


6,911' 2,106 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (14°)

Bad / Closed

83 days agoUpdate

An epic Rocky Mountain route from Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Leslie Kehmeier


The Divide Trail Epic is a point to point route from Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of Steamboat Ski Area. It features miles of classic high country Colorado singletrack, magnificent views and an exciting finish down the fun, gravity-fed trails on Mt Werner.

Need to Know

The Divide Trail Epic is long distance and at altitude. Be prepared by hydrating before and during the ride. The route is remote so bring plenty of snacks, supplies and extra layers.


Start this epic ride as doubletrack on the north side of Dumont Lake heading generally northwest. The trail transitions to singletrack and parallels Base Camp Rd. After the initial section of rolling terrain, stay left at the campground road and then keep straight at all intersections to the next section of the Wyoming Trail.

From here begin a fun, twisty descent that ends at a creek and then transitions to a climb to Fishhook Lake. After riding along the east side of the lake, stay left at the intersection for Lost Lake. Continue pedaling through rolling, sometimes rocky terrain past Lake Elmo to a four-way intersection with Lake Percy Trail and Fish Creek Falls Trail.

Turn left and head downhill toward Long Lake, continuing straight on trail #1102 past Divide Road. At the next intersection, turn left and begin climbing Mountain View Trail #1032. After a few loose switchbacks, the trail rolls through the forest and then climbs again.

As the climb tops out, there are fantastic views across Rabbit Ears Pass. From here, it's just a few miles of contouring trail that brings you to Steamboat Ski Resort. Head left on the resorts dirt road to connect with Cathy's Cutoff. The big descent awaits!

Transition to easy flowing singletrack through the aspens and over a few rocks on Cathy's. Stay right at the intersection to continue the ride on Sunshine.

You'll pedal briefly uphill gently and then descend through more beautiful aspens to link up with Chisholm Trail. Stay left here and descend very quickly to the Thunderhead gondola. Have a snack and catch your breath here - there's still more exciting descending ahead.

From the gondola looking west, ride down Spur Run, an access road that takes links to Valley View. Turn right to get back onto singletrack.

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 here 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.

Valley View finishes at a service road. Turn right and continue downhill to a major intersection with Wrangler Gulch.

Finish the ride on the fast and flowy trails of Wrangler Gulch and EZ Rider.

See you at the base!


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Oct 1, 2016
Charlie Stump
28.2mi — 3h 14m
Sep 18, 2016
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Aug 19, 2016
Wanda Taylor
Aug 5, 2016
Seth Fowers
Tons of hike-a-bike, very tough short steep climbs made tougher by altitude. Mind blowing views. Well worth the effort. Trees have all been cleared. 25.9mi — 4h 40m
Jul 2, 2016
CJones85 Jones
Wet, Muddy, snowy, down trees
Sep 6, 2015
Paige Cybulski
6h 00m
Sep 5, 2015
Ed Pfromer
My 14 year old son joined me for a fun ride. Some rain, but mostly clear. Generally dry conditions except for right after rain. 24.8mi

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Bad / Closed 83 days ago
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Horribly snowy and muddy. Probably not open until late July Jul 8, 2014

It would be helpful if the descriptions here listed the Trail numbers, as many signs in the back country use numbers. In this case, the Wyoming Trail is #1101, Fish Creek Trail #1102, and Mountain View is #1032 Jul 13, 2014

Lots of mud and downed trees, ample remaining snow too. Sadly portions of the upper trail almost look abandoned, the trail submerged in debris. That said, the scenic value of this ride as well as the riding itself (that which is rideable) are top notch. Jul 4, 2016

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