Next month’s ‘Lance Ride’ serves up huge adventure in Steamboat |

Next month’s ‘Lance Ride’ serves up huge adventure in Steamboat

If you go

What: Continental Divide Trail

Where: Start on top of Rabbit Ears Pass, end at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area

Distance: 18 miles at its shortest, but the potential trails can make it as large and as long an adventure as a biker could want.

How to get there: Head east out of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40 to the Dumont Lake area on Rabbit Ears Pass. Start either at a trailhead at the back of the campground (the second left from the Dumont Lake access road) or take the third left and follow a bumpy, pot-holed road four miles to the Base Camp trailhead.

When it’s best: Late summer, when the snow has finally melted. The second half of July and all of August should be prime time.

It takes a lot of riding to get there, but the views from the top of Steamboat Ski Area, after riding part of the Continental Divide Trail and Mountain View Trail, are great. They're only part of the draw to the route, which will serve as the trail for next month's Ride 4 Yellow event with Lance Armstrong.
Joel Reichenberger

Fishhook Lake comes early in the ride that will serve as the route for August's Ride 4 Yellow event, and is just a sign of things to come in terms of breathtaking trail-side views.Joel Reichenberger