Monday, September 05, 2005

Mountain Biking on Emerald Mountain

One of the best things about living in Steamboat is that there are great biking trails winding out of nearly every corner of town. I got a call from a friend at 330pm asking if I wanted to ride and we met at the base of Emerald at 4pm despite living at opposite ends of town and both having young kids. Beteween 4 and 530 we rode up the town side of Emerald through a series of great loops up to the quarry (over several examples of the best stonework I have ever seen on a trail, kudos to some very skilled trailbuilders). Then we went across Blair Witch to the cow pond up some more and down again past the pond and through some incredibly sweet loopy switchbacks and turns with really cool approach angles that go through a low tunnel of trees. Next we went across toward town and then up again to catch another nice downhill section and back up to the Lupine loop for a fun descent through the loops again. A very nice ride that just appeared out of thin air due to the right friend and a very good decision to take the risk and move to Steamboat...

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