Emerald (Front)

Below are a few proposed projects planned for the front side of Emerald Mountain.  If you have time to look them over and notice anything we might have missed to make them better, please let us know by filling out the comments.  There are many reasons why the projects are proposed the way we have them, but that does not mean an idea you come up with will not make them better.  We are open to constructive criticism (if you think the project could be improved) and praise (if you like the project as described & mapped).  We will not be able to respond to all comments but rest assured that if you take the time to give us your feed back, we will take the time to consider your suggestions.

Proposed Emerald ‎(Front)‎ Projects

  • Emerald Mt: Directional Trail #2 Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a directional trail option on Emerald Mountain.  Directional trails reduce user conflict and promote safety by providing alternate uphill ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 10:01 AM by Eric Meyer
  • Emerald Mt: Directional Trail #1 Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a directional trail option on Emerald Mountain.  Directional trails reduce user conflict and promote safety by providing alternate uphill ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2013, 1:06 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Emerald Mt: Dual Slalom Course Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a purpose built course for slalom-style mountain bike riding.  This trail will offer a similar experience as the ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2013, 1:08 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Morning Gloria Trail Project Description: The Morning Gloria Trail is named in honor of the late Gloria Gossard, a longtime Steamboat resident and philanthropist who gifted 120-acres to protect Emerald Mountain. The ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2013, 1:03 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Wild Rose Trail Project Description: This project provides an alternate route to the Beall & Ridge trails (avoiding the upper sections of Stairway to Heaven) with more sustainable and beginner friendly design and construction ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 11:19 AM by Eric Meyer
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Emerald Mt: Directional Trail #2

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:40 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 10:01 AM ]

Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a directional trail option on Emerald Mountain.  Directional trails reduce user conflict and promote safety by providing alternate uphill, or downhill only access for trail users.

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Emerald Mt: Directional Trail #1

posted Nov 3, 2012, 11:07 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Aug 8, 2013, 1:06 PM ]

Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a directional trail option on Emerald Mountain.  Directional trails reduce user conflict and promote safety by providing alternate uphill, or downhill only access for trail users.

This layout will change during the final design process but will be based on final trail layout while maintaining the design parameters.  Final layout will be in the same general location as shown in the preliminary layout.   The flagged trail will be walked with land managers for final approval before construction begins.  The intent is to machine build this trail maintaining the Trail Clearing & Tread Width criteria limits (attachment B) as set forth by IMBA’s trail standards. This trail is suggested to be a bikes only directional flow trail.  Natural and/or man made features will be a part of the finished trail including wooden features, berms & jumps.  Any features would conform to current conservation easements and would be built to the guidelines set forth by IMBA’s newest publication of bike park standards, due for sale fall 2013, to ensure maximum sustainability and minimum risk. This trail will start on or near the last switchback of Blackmere Dr before the Quarry overlook and continue until the Cross Roads crossing.  Any conflict with crossing existing trails will be mitigated with signage and trail features that slow the directional rider to safe speed before the crossing.

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Emerald Mt: Dual Slalom Course

posted Nov 3, 2012, 11:07 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Aug 8, 2013, 1:08 PM ]

Project Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide a purpose built course for slalom-style mountain bike riding.  This trail will offer a similar experience as the Juxtaposing alpine slide where riders can ride side by side through berms and over rollers and jumps while racing each other to the bottom.  This will also provide yet another competition venue.

This is the bike park zone where larger features would be appropriate as it is low on the mountain and accessible from the chair lift.  A place where riders can hone their skills on technical and challenging features and also provides a training area for the SSWSC cycling programs.  This layout is subject to change during the final design process but will be based on attached trail(s) layout while maintaining IMBA design parameters.  Final layout will be in the same general location as shown in the preliminary layout.   The flagged trail will be walked with land managers for final approval before construction begins.  The intent is to machine build/hand finish these bike park style trails to IMBA standards.  These trails are suggested to be, bikes only directional flow trails.  Natural and/or man made features will be a part of the finished trail including wooden features, berms & jumps.  Any features would conform to any applicable conservation easements and would be built to the guidelines set forth by IMBA’s newest publication of bike park standards, due for sale fall 2013, to ensure maximum sustainability and minimum risk.  This trail will start on or near The Cross Roads intersection and end below Robby’s Cut.   Any conflict with crossing existing trails will be mitigated with signage and trail features that force the directional rider to safe speed before the crossing.  Trail designers will work closely with SSWSC to ensure that the end product will be a benefit to the clubs summer and winter programs.

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Morning Gloria Trail

posted Nov 3, 2012, 11:07 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Aug 8, 2013, 1:03 PM ]

Project Description: The Morning Gloria Trail is named in honor of the late Gloria Gossard, a longtime Steamboat resident and philanthropist who gifted 120-acres to protect Emerald Mountain. The primary purpose of this trail is to provide a more accessible route and easier grade to the top of Emerald Mountain. Morning Gloria’s 5 miles of multi-use trail will help disperse the growing number of users on Emerald Mountain, reducing both resource damage and user conflict.

This layout will change during the final design process but will be based on final trail layout while maintaining the design parameters.  Final layout will be in the same general location as shown in the preliminary layout.  The flagged trail will be walked with land managers for final approval before construction begins.  The intent is to build this trail with possible machine assistance, maintaining the Trail Clearing & Tread Width criteria established for Emerald Mountain Park managed land on the Steamboat side of Emerald Mountain as found in the Memorandum of Understanding between RCR-IMBA and EMP. This trail is suggested to be a multiple use trail and will be approximately 5-8% average grades and be designed with IMBA’ suggested design parameters to help ensure a sustainable trail.  Optional, directional features for downhill traffic along side the natural flow of the trail may be requested for approval once the main route is flagged.  Any features would conform to current conservation easements and would be built to the guidelines set forth by IMBA’s newest publication due for sale fall 2013 to ensure to maximize sustainability and minimize risk.

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Wild Rose Trail

posted Nov 3, 2012, 4:16 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 11:19 AM ]

Project Description: 
This project provides an alternate route to the Beall & Ridge trails (avoiding the upper sections of Stairway to Heaven) with more sustainable and beginner friendly design and construction.  This trail reduces the increased traffic that the upper section of Stairway to Heaven has seen in recent years from events and recreational riders accessing the Beall & Ridge trails.  

At approximately 1.5 miles in length and an average grade of approximately 3%, this trail makes it possible to access the trails on the backside of Emerald Mountain entirely on single track.

Project Specific Benefits:

  • Provides a direct, singletrack connection to the Beall & Ridge Upper trail head from the front side of Emerald.
  • Reduces pressure on the less sustainable trail "Stairway to Heaven" which has seen high use with events recently.
  • Allows a pure singletrack option to access the back side of Emerald Mountain.
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