The first snow is behind us here in Steamboat Springs, but winter is back to biding its time. Gold and glowing leaves are still clinging to their branches as the peak of fall foliage descends upon us.
This is the fall that never ends, so make it last in your memories with a walk through the crisp mountain air. The trails are dry, the views stunning and winter still a ways off on the horizon.
[caption id="attachment_3310" align="alignnone" width="850"] Taking a fall hike on Emerald Mountain[/caption]
The Hot Springs Trail
Leaving from the Mad Creek trailhead, the Hot Springs Trail winds up a moderate incline along the bubbling Hot Springs Creek. At the top of the 2.5-mile hike lies an oasis of relaxation in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Soak to your heart’s content in the healing mineral waters and watch the season change around you.
Rising right above the heart of downtown Steamboat, Emerald Mountain comprises a vast network of hiking and biking trails that take you through meadows, forests and up the mountainside with views overlooking the Yampa Valley. This time of year, Emerald isn’t true to its name. Gold aspens are lighting up every trail.
The Yampa River Core Trail
This paved multi-use pathway is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a walk with the family. More than seven miles long and accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and cruiser bikes alike.
Meander from park to park along the scenic Yampa River, and take in the culture with downtown’s numerous shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, all connected by the Core Trail.