North of Steamboat Springs, the Hahns Peak Lake / Nipple Peak Loop is a remote and scenic mountain bike ride.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from downtown Steamboat, head west for 2 miles and turn right heading north on CR129 (Elk River Road). Continue for 20+ miles past Steamboat Lake heading towards Columbine. Turn left at the entrance to Hahn Lake (FDR 486). This intersection is signed for Hahns Peak Lake Campground. Before reaching the campground you will see the intersection with FDR #487 which is gated. Park here and begin the trail.
OPTION 1: This trail has some steep climbs and descents on rocky sandy soils which may require technical riding skills. You have to hike your bike in some areas. From the parking area, head west on gravel road #487 about 2 miles where trail #1156 begin. Ride west on the trail about 3 miles to the intersection with Nipple Peak Trail #1147 and head north. After about a mile, the trail forks and takes off to the left. Do not take the left fork, but continue north on trail #1147. In another mile the trail will begin to head east. Follow the trail for approximately 7 miles where it will turn into a 4WD road leading to Summit Creek Guard Station. Continue south on County Road 129 back to the Hahns Peak Lake turnoff and then onto the parking area.
OPTION 2: For a shorter loop, begin from the parking area heading west on gravel road #487 about 2 miles where trail #115 begins. Take a right on trail #1156 and follow northeast for approximately 2.5 miles where the trail intersects with FDR 488, a gray road. Turn right and continue down #488 to intersect with County Road 129. Turn right and follow to the Hahns Peak Lake turnoff. Continue west on FDR 486 to parking area. This loop is approximately 10 miles.