Lynx Pass: Rock Creek/Tepee Creek

  • Season: June to October
  • DIFFICULTY: More Difficult


Leave the road at the outside corner of a sharp switchback in the road. Cross the creek and begin climbing Tepee Creek trail. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 263. Continue a moderate climb for about 4 miles. Take a right onto Rock Creek Trail. This starts as an old dirt road for about ½ mile; past a closed gate the trail turns into single-track. The trail descends steeply at first, then follows and crosses Rock Creek a few times. After following the creek, you’ll begin a short climb before descending an old two track. At the bottom of the descent, look for sharp right onto Tepee Creek Trail #1173. Climb along the Tepee Creek drainage back to the Forest Service Road 263. Continue straight across the road to stay on Tepee Creek trail. Hang on tight for the fast descent back to the trailhead.

Know before you go:
This is a gorgeous ride stays in great shape throughout the summer. After an hour drive each way, you’ll be rewarded with winding singletrack along Rock Creek.

Take Hwy 40 east from Steamboat. Follow State Highway 131 south for 39 miles to State Highway 134. Follow 134, 8.2 miles to Forest Road #270 (Lynx Pass). Follow 270 3 miles and turn right onto Forest Road #263 for ¼ mile. (If you pass the bathrooms, you’ve gone too far.) Park on the side of the road at the sharp switchback to the right.