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.
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.
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!