Steamboat Pilot & Today: City wise to pursue hikers-only trail
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - September 4, 2018 - Updated: September 4, 2018
Spring Creek Trail is one of Steamboat Springs’ most popular trails. It’s an easy hike close to downtown that is accessible to visitors, a place where locals go to run and walk their dogs and a trail that provides mountain bikers with access to Buffalo Pass.
With more and more people using the trail — hikers, mountain bikers, tourists, locals — Spring Creek is busy, especially on weekends, and the chance for conflicts between cyclists and hikers has been elevated as of late.
The pending construction of a new downhill-only mountain bike trail that will funnel mountain bikers off the Buff Pass trail system, into Spring Creek Canyon and onto Spring Creek Trail has the potential to accelerate that conflict, and the proposal has been a topic of community discussion. Some think the trail is key to getting mountain bike traffic off of Buff Pass, while others think it will make the bottom of Spring Creek trail too congested and would negatively impact other trail users.