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Building New Trails 2017-08-07T22:50:49+00:00

About the 2A Trails Project

In 2013, Referendum 2A was passed by local voters, repurposing a large portion of a municipal accommodation tax to develop area trails. Amounting to $5.1 million dollars over a ten-year period, it’s a significant investment that’s shared with visitors and locals alike.

The 2A Trails Steering Committee was established to plan and prioritize the trails projects. For the most up-to-date information from the committee, click here.

For the most up to date information from the Forest Service click here

Great progress has been made by the US Forest Service and trail building crews on the exciting new trail network in the Buffalo Pass area.  ‘Flash of Gold‘ was included in the 2A proposal as a downhill directional trail.  Through the planning process, uphill trail access was identified as a need.  This trail meets this need and will be suitable for both uphill and downhill traffic. Originating near the Dry Lake Campground, it allows riders to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road and was completed in the fall of 2016.  

Also in the Dry Lake area, more accessible easier trails were pioneered last summer, and the Grouse trail is partially completed.  All this amounts to over six miles of new single track scheduled to open officially in the summer of 2017.  Approximately 34 more miles are planned before the project is completed in 2018.  The new terrain will offer a mix of technical challenge, appealing to intermediate through expert cyclists.  Stay tuned for details about the grand opening of this beautiful new chapter in Steamboat cycling.

What’s next?  The Forest Service is beginning analysis on another segment of the 2A proposal in the Rocky Peak/Hot Springs area this winter! The Steamboat Cycling Experience continues to grow…

Current Progress

Panorama Open

‘Panorama’ bike trail is now open on Buffalo Pass.  The trail is a 1-mile loop which begins (and ends) near the top of the Spring Creek trail, just down from the parking lot.  It is a beginner-level trail that features a gradual grade, and 360 degree vistas at the top.

New Trail Under Construction

Steamboat is continuing to expand it’s trail systems, with a new trail currently under construction on Buffalo Pass.  This will be the next trail opened (dedication ceremony will be at the Farmers Market on July 15th – part of Bike Week).  The trail, yet to be named,  is a 1-mile loop which begins (and ends) near the top of the Spring Creek trail, just down from the parking lot.  It features a gradual grade, and 360 degree vistas at the top.  It will be a beginner-level trail, and will appeal to any trail user – whether you want a stunning view at the end of an epic ride, or a rewarding leisurely stroll from the parking lot.

Flash of Gold

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-The U.S. Forest Service, the City of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee unveiled the new trail ‘Flash of Gold’ on Buffalo Pass.

June 23 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled For 2A Trail On Buffalo Pass

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-The U.S. Forest Service, the City of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 23, to officially open and unveil the name of the newest trail on Buffalo Pass. The special event will take place at 12PM at the start of the new trail, which was constructed in partnership with the City of Steamboat Springs Accommodation Tax. Participants are asked to meet in the Dry Lake Trailhead parking lot and the group will walk to the trail for the ceremony…(read more)

Traily McTrailface? Forest Service invites public to name new Buffalo Pass trail

— A city whose residents helped coin a name as quirky and memorable as the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge is going back to the public to help name a new mountain bike trail on Buffalo Pass…..(read more)