Falling for Autumn
Fall in Steamboat is an incredible experience. Whether you are enjoying a romantic walk through the golden-hued aspens or treating yourself to a quiet ride in the Zirkels, the crisp autumn days are magical. To get the inside scoop, I’ve asked a few locals what their perfect fall weekend looks like.
Blair Seymour, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club youth program and cycling director:
South Fork is my favorite place to mountain bike in the fall when the leaves are changing. The colors are spectacular with the contrast of green and shades of yellow, orange and red aspens. I start at the South Fork trailhead by Hinman Park Campground off Seedhouse Road. The trail winds through aspen groves and lodgepole pines while passing by meandering creeks. It has a beautiful river crossing, as well. After my ride, I always make time to stop at the Clark Store for some treats!
Eugene Buchanan, Steamboat Living and Explore Steamboat magazine editor:
I leave Steamboat at 8 a.m. to go kayaking on some class IV-V down Gore Canyon on the Colorado in the beautiful fall colors. On the way back, say around 2ish, I get dropped off with my bike and break-down fly rod at the Dumot Lake trailhead with a buddy or two to mountain bike the Divide Ride (Forest Trail 1101) — stopping, of course, to fly-fish and land a lunker on the surface at Fishhook Lake — all the way back to Steamboat, ending at Slopeside for a well-earned beer and pizza. If there were a free concert anywhere that night, that would cap it all off.
Sarah Coleman, The Foundry health and wellness director:
I look for the best hikes where I can enjoy the aspens and all their color. One of my favorites is Sunshine Loop on the mountain or the Skyline Trail in the Sanctuary. If I’m not out hiking or biking, I like to cheer on my Broncos with some friends and a healthy appetizer contest. Finally, a perfect fall Saturday is not complete without some pumpkin carving!
Nelson Carmichael, Olympic skiing medalist:
My ideal fall Saturday is a trip out to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area for a hike up to Devil’s Causeway. This hike is always an incredible experience as you are surrounded by unique landscapes and mountain cirques. The colors are breathtaking with the grasses and aspens all glowing in their golden light. The day is perfected with a stop at Penny’s Diner in Oak Creek for a chocolate shake before making the trip back to Steamboat.
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Caroline Lalive Carmichael moved to Steamboat with her family in 1995 and joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. After one season, Caroline was named to the U.S. Ski Team and competed for 13 years, attending two Olympics. After retiring in 2009, she returned to Steamboat as a coach. She and fellow Olympian Nelson Carmichael were married in 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Freya, in 2015.