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8.5 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,150' 350 m
Descent: -1,149' -350 m
High: 7,778' 2,371 m
Low: 6,743' 2,055 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Mel Stewart

A great fat biking loop on Emerald that traverses many of the summer singletrack trails.

Mel Stewart

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A Nordic Ski Pass is required for Fat Biking on groomed Nordic trails, Weekday restrictions: Fat Tire Biking is NOT ALLOWED between 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday due to a higher volume of Nordic athletes training on the trails.


This a snowbiking loop on Emerald Mountain that traverses some Nordic trails, and many snowshoe/fat bike singletrack trails.

Need to Know

Parking at Tennis Court near base of chair lift on Howelsen Ski Area.

This ride may be impassible following new snow - the trails need to be packed down sufficiently before fat biking becomes manageable.


Head up the Bluffs Loop, this is a nice climb up that gently goes up and down around a bench above the Yampa River. Continue on to the Overlook Trail (a short and easy extension) on the groomed nordic trails, near Ricky's Ridge stay on the groomed nordic trail to the start of Lupine (If you are not familiar with the trails, try the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app to find the start Lupine).

Lupine is a fun, gentle and interesting climb, at the top of Lupine you'll meet up with Little Moab trail, at this point, take the short drop onto Blackmere Road (which is generally groomed) for the climb to the quarry overlook at the top of Little Moab Trail.

After enjoying the views, head back down Blackmere Road, about 50 yards or so, then duck onto Blair Witch trail. This trail boasts some easy, flowing contour riding as well as a long boardwalk feature that may be buried under the snow.

At the end of Blair Witch, take a hard right onto Prayer Flag Trail, follow this down approximately 1/2 mile to the top of MGM.

From the top of MGM (near a watering trough), wind down through aspens on singletrack (do not take the MGM to Larry's Connector), stay on MGM until just before you break out into an open meadow.

Take another hard right onto Eye to Eye ( Eye to Eye branches to the right off MGM) which winds back and forth in a serpentine pattern with tons of switchbacks the whole way down.

At the bottom of Eye to Eye, you'll pop out onto the end of MGM which leads to Orton's Meadow. As you enter Orton's Meadow, follow Orton Trail to Blackmere Road.

Take a right at Blackmere Road and climb about 3/4 mile back to a saddle, cross the saddle to a short downhill which puts back at the beginning of Lupine, from here you can then follow your route back to the bottom or take any (steeper) snowshoe/ fat bike trails that will all end at the parking lot.


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Sep 1, 2018
Myles Waterman
Jan 1, 2018
Matt Pfaff
Rode Bluffs Loop from and to Howelson Hill

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