Southwest of Steamboat Springs and Yampa, the Pagoda Peak route runs from the peak to the lake through mountain meadows and dense forest.
To reach the trailhead from Hayden, head south past the fairgrounds on 53 RD. Follow 53 until it ends at a T intersection with 29 RD and turn left on to 29. Follow 29 RD east approximately 2.5 miles to 55RD and turn right onto 55. This road becomes 19 RD when you cross into Rio Blanco County. It then merges with and becomes 8 RD. Continue on 8 RD to Ripple Creek Pass. The trailhead for Trail #1804 and Trail #1803 is approximately half a mile past the summit of Ripple Creek Pass. Try horseback riding Trail #1804.
Overall, Pagoda Peak Trail is the 22nd most popular horse trail of all 67 horseback rides in Colorado.