Sand Mountain

Total Miles
10.5

Elevation

3,037.55 ft

Duration

3.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

This is a loop that features an optional hike to the very top of Sand Mountain at 10,863 feet. It's worth the extra effort. You'll love the panoramic views. There are some nice spots to camp along the trail, but you may just want to stay at Steamboat Lake State Park. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan on staying there. Trail is open July 1 to December 1.

Photos of Sand Mountain

Sand Mountain
Sand Mountain
Sand Mountain

Difficulty

Moderate. Mostly easy with one steep, rocky spot between Wpts. 04 & 02. This spot is more difficult going uphill, especially for long vehicles. An aggressive, high-clearance SUV with a skilled driver can manage this trail in the direction described here.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Brian Gibson
Sep 11, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Keaton Skudneski
Jul 16, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Kenneth Burgener
Jul 02, 2023
ATV
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Keith Nordell
May 29, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Closed Gate
Posted Sign

Access Description

From Steamboat Springs: Drive north on C.R. 129 about 23 miles. Turn left on C.R. 62 after The Clark Store. At 0.7 mile, turn right heading north on dirt road. Follow C.R. 62 another 8 miles. Watch for Mill Creek Road (F.S. 42) on the left. From Steamboat Lake State Park: From intersection of C.R. 62 and C.R. 129, head west about 3 miles to Mill Creek Road (F.S. 42) on right.

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