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Adventure of the Week: Find the novice mountain bike trail that fits you best

How to get there

Spring Creek Trail

■ Take Third Street to Maple Street toward the high school. Continue on Maple until it intersects with Amethyst. Trailhead parking is straight ahead.

Mad Creek Trail

■ On the west side of Steamboat, take Elk River Road north toward Clark about 6 miles. Look for signs for Mad Creek Trail and Red Dirt Trail. Parking is on the right.

Emerald Mountain Trail System

■ From Lincoln Avenue, take Fifth Street toward Howelsen Hill and the rodeo grounds. Cross the bridge over the Yampa River and take a right on Howelsen Parkway. Turn left at the stop sign where the tennis courts are.

Rental rates from 3 local shops

Orange Peel Bicycle Service

■ Hardtails: $17 for two hours, $28 for a half day, $35 for full day, $25 per day consecutive days, $145 weekly

Also offers full list of premium demo models

Ski & Bike Kare downtown

■ Kids bikes and trailers: $6 per hour, $13 for three hours, $16 daily, $13 per day three-plus days

■ Hardtail: $11 per hour, $22 per hour three-plus hours, $28 daily, $22 per day three-plus days

■ Full suspension: $39 per hour three-plus hours, $52 daily, $42 per day three-plus days

■ Downhill with helmet and pads: $65 per hour three-plus hours, $79 daily, $65 per day three-plus days

Ski Haus

■ Junior bikes: $6 per hour, $12 per hour three-plus hours, $18 daily, $12 per day three-plus days

■ Hardtail: $12 per hour, $24 per hour three-plus hours, $30 daily, $24 per day three-plus days

■ Full suspension: $49 per hour three-plus hours, $64 daily, $49 per day three-plus days

— Much like the first time I snowboarded in Steamboat, my first mountain bike experience in the Yampa Valley went quickly from “OK, this isn't so bad,” to “Oh no, that sign clearly said expert, and I'm a rookie.”