“Hiking Rabbit Ears Pass in Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Summer 2010”

Steamboat comes to life in the spring and summer seasons, with green trails promising invigorating hikes everywhere you look. Rabbit Ears Trail is one of my favorites here in Steamboat! The hike to Rabbit Ears Peak, named for its twin rock pillars visible from the highway, begins as a casual walk through a spectacular flower-land. For some hikers, the last .25 mile to the “ears” poses a challenge; to others, it’s a fun rock scramble. Either way, the views near the summit are spectacular.

Once you start climbing Rabbit Ears Pass, be looking on your right for the Muddy Creek and Buffalo Park turn-off signs. When you pass these signs, you’ll be almost there, within about 1 mile, so you need to watch carefully for Dumont Lake sign and proceed on National Forest Road 315. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles until you come to the old stone monument on your left. Turn left at the monument and into the small parking area. The trailhead for Rabbit Ears Peak is straight through the gate that you will see, and continue down the dirt road. In a few short minutes, you’ll see a small market on your right with the number 291. This is where you start your hike to Rabbit Ears Peak.

The photo above is at the Top of Rabbit Ears, the photo below is hiking through meadows of wildflowers.

Whatever the contours of your sense of adventure, Steamboat Springs is a place brimming with possibility, on that knows no lethargy.

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