North of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, the Hahns Peak Trail is a remote and scenic ATV ride. There are about 60 miles of dirt roads and trails to explore. Views of Hahns Peaks 10,839 foot summit make a drive to the Steamboat Lake area rewarding. The summit is an easier hike than it would first appear. Youll be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the Routt National Forest and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, as well as north all the way into Wyoming.
To reach the trailhead from downtown Steamboat, head west for 2 miles and turn right heading north on CR129 (Elk River Road). Continue for 29 miles to the Columbine townsite. With the General Store on your left, turn right onto the dirt jeep road, FDR 490. At this point, private property needs to be respected. Drive 1.8 miles down FDR 490 and it will fork, turn left. After 0.2 miles it forks again, again turn left and park. The trailhead is at 9,400 .
The town of Hahn's Peak is the place to fill up on gas and food, and to find a place to stay.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is permitted on all numbered Forest Service roads.
Overall, Hahns Peak Trail is the 27th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.