North of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, the Ellis Trail #1155 is a 8.3 mile dirt biking route open to OHV users. This trail is a National Historic Trail. Built in 1888 by John Ellis, a local cattleman, to supply beef to lumbermen in the Hog Park area and bring back ties to the Hahns Peak area.
Directions To Trailheads:
#1: Drive west out of Steamboat Springs on Hwy. 40 approximately 2 miles and turn right on Elk River Road (County Road 129). Follow 129 about 32 miles until it forks with Forest Development Road 550, just past Columbine, turn right. Go 2.5 miles to FDR 500 and turn right. After 1/2 mile turn right onto FDR 500.1d. The Ellis north trailhead is just up the road.
#2: The south end of the Ellis trail can be reached by going west of Steamboat on U.S. 40 approximately 2 miles. Turn right, north on county road #129, Elk River road. Follow 129 about 24 miles to Hahns Peak Village.
From the north side the trail is fairly flat and winds through meadows for the first mile until it crosses FDR 509 an old logging road. At this point the heavily wooded single track trail climbs steeply up the north side of Hahns peak, this mile section is very rough and rocky. Once you reach FDR 413 & 414 the trail is a gradual down hill through open meadows and aspens.
Note: Part of this trail is non-motorized, so read posted travel regulations for current updates.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. 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.
Overall, Ellis Trail is the 90th most popular dirt bike trail of all 93 dirt biking rides in Colorado.