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The Divide Trail/ Mountain View

 35 votes

25.9 Miles 41.6 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,824' 556 m

Ascent

-4,476' -1,364 m

Descent

10,386' 3,166 m

High

6,911' 2,106 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Minor Issues

45 days agoUpdate

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

Leslie Kehmeier

Overview

The Divide Trail/ Mountain View is a point to point route from Rabbit Ears Pass to the top 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 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.

Description

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 #1101

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, this is easy to miss. 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, or take the longer way down Pete's Wicked Trail for even more singletrack. From either trail, there are many routes down the lower half of the ski area, check the Mt. Werner page for other routes.

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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Minor Issues 45 days ago
Muddy, Snowy: They got almost 2 feet of snow Oct. 1 so its probably done for the season.
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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
How can we change the name of this ride on MTBproject? No one calls this ride "the divide epic", it's simply the divide trail to Mt Werner. The moniker "EPIC" is sooooooo overused when describing rides it's lost all meaning. Plus at under 2 hours from Rabbit Ears to MT Werner, it's hardly an all day epic. Great ride ruined by a poorly selected name. Aug 19, 2017
Awesome ride! Few obstructions on the trail, except for a 1/2 mile of deep mud (along Forest Road about 3 miles in) and 2 on-trail moose encounters. Oct 6, 2017

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