If you're looking to challenge your fitness and breathe in the mountain air, you'll have ample opportunity to work hard, sweat, and chase your happy dog's wagging tail up challenging mountain trails. If you want something more low key and you have an older or smaller dog who prefers a gentle amble, there are plenty of those trails too. It's the perfect place to wake up and decide what you want to do based on your mood, activity level or time constraints. It's truly good to be a dog owner, or a dog, in this outdoorsy mountain town.
There are a few easier town trails you can walk along if you want something tamer or a short excursion before work. Though these trails are still mostly natural or hard packed dirt, they are much flatter and follow creeks, often weaving in and out of neighborhoods. Most the trails around Steamboat are multi-use and popular with lots of people. Be aware of bikers, other hikers and dogs, and even equestrians.
For a big challenge close to downtown, head to Emerald Mountain. There are several trails that offer 10 miles of challenging terrain. This hike is popular with locals and offers a beautiful and rewarding view looking across to Steamboat Mountain resort. If your dog loves to run and you enjoy a challenge, this is the perfect trail for the both of you.