Emerald Mountain Flow Fest
ElevationAscent: 1,467' 447 m
Descent: -1,469' -448 m
High: 8,179' 2,493 m
Low: 6,713' 2,046 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“Check out Emerald's new purpose-built singletrack that offers beautiful views, fantastic flow, and the world-class NPR!”— Hunter R
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Family Friendly Older kids with geared bikes will have a total blast on this loop. Just be sure they are accustomed to climbing before embarking.
Seriously, Steamboat has upped their game with this set of trails, truly putting their money behind their claim to now be not just "Ski Town USA" but "Bike Town USA".
Need to Know
While Morning Gloria provides welcome shade, the beginning part of this ride is unshaded. As such, on hot days it's best done in the morning.
Once you're ready, head left from the map to climb singletrack to the junction with Bluffs Loop. Bluffs Loop is inherently confusing at this point, but if you just make right turns whenever possible, you should make it where you need to go. Regardless, follow signs for Lupine to eventually reach your next trail and plenty of switchback climbing.
Heading up Lupine, plenty of switchbacks bring you through varied open and forested terrain. While you might encounter the occasional technical challenge (manifested as mini rock gardens), this trail is primarily buff, allowing you to focus less on staying upright through the rocks and more on your breathing and your surroundings.
Partway up the trail, Morning Gloria appears in the apex of a right-hand turn. Head left to leave the scrub for the forested, rolling contours of Morning Gloria.
At first, Morning Gloria provides a nice change of pace through rolling terrain and gentler grades, interspersed with occasional small obstacles. For the next few miles, the trail takes on a general character of gentle grades, numerous wide, gentle switchbacks, and an occasionally dusty tread. Dust aside, this trail traverses some of the best scenery in the area, with monster ferns growing right alongside the trail underneath towering aspens that make for a real spectacle in the fall.
Eventually, Morning Gloria will leave the gentle grades of the aspen forest to climb a switchbacking bench cut along the hillside to crest the ridge. Steeper switchbacks may test less advanced riders here, but give it enough gas and they should be able to make it through without much issue. Once at the top of the ridge, the trail continues to climb and contour to eventually reach its end in a junction with Quarry Mountain and the Ridge Connector (service road).
Up here, enjoy a fantastic view of the valley below as you take a quick break and grab a snack. When you're ready to press on, drop your seat, open up your suspension, and click into high gear, because in regular Steamboat fashion, the rest of this ride is a hootin' an hollerin' good time!
The descent begins with a cruise down Quarry Mountain as you navigate a nice narrow tread and plenty of tree'd pinch points that will put your ability and the width of your handlebars to the test. After a quick run down Quarry Mountain, take a right at the junction with Blair Witch to cruise out to Blackmere Road.
From here, you have two options: for those with an affinity for ledgy, moab-style chunk, continue across the road to tackle a descent of Little Moab. If technical slab riding is not your thing, head left to cruise down the road for a short while to reach the beginning of the main event just up the road (left) of the end of Little Moab: NPR.
NPR is hands down the best new school flow trail in the Yampa Valley. While you may argue that the lift-serve trails on the mountain are better (think Rustler's Ridge), NPR offers the same style of trail, with rollers, pumps, and plenty of tabletop jumps, without any of the deterioration that the bike park trails see over the course of the summer.
Overall, NPR (No Pedaling Required) boasts nearly 100 features including buffed berm turns, flowy rollers, and low-consequence table top jumps that are all rollable.
At the first road crossing, make a slight left on the service road to pick up the next segment and then continue straight through another service road intersection to pick up the last few sections of flowing singletrack bliss. When you reach the end in a 180 berm, take Mile Run down to the parking area and find your car.
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