One of my most favorite things to do in Steamboat Springs is ride a mountain bike along any number of premier singletrack trails. And of my top-5 rides includes the Pioneer trail at the Steamboat Resort.

Pioneer takes riders out along the topography of what are the glorious Pioneer Ridge ski trails in the winter months. The lower section of the trail starts out with a handful of switchbacks that intersect the hillside. While there is a plethora of ground vegetation along the edges of the trail, this section of climbing is fairly exposed to sunlight and heat.

No sooner than you’ve worked up a proper sweat, you enter a large grove of aspen and pine trees. The trail begins to undulate quite a bit here, giving you a slew of short, snippy climbs followed by quick descents.

As you escalate higher in elevation, you’ll love the way the biking crosses the runoff creeks that have formed from the top of the mountain. Several wood-built bridges and features navigate riders up, up and away.

After pedaling under several chairlifts and poking out of the woods, you’ll find the top of the trail at the Rainbow Saddle area. What’s so great about the finish is that from here you’ve got a wide selection of ways to either make your way down or continue climbing.

Alas, whether you elect to tackle the Pioneer trail or one of many others you can explore in Steamboat, enjoy your time on two wheels. For a town with this wide a selection of ways to ride a bike, you really can’t beat the scenery up for grabs.

Dave Wittlinger, Cyclist / Outdoor Enthusiast
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