Emerald Mountain on Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

What better way to make room for Thanksgiving calories than to hike up to the quarry at Emerald Mountain in Steamboat! I followed the snowpacked road to its summit with no need for snowshoes or microspikes now that I have some new hiking boots from North Face. Anyone with a narrow foot should try North Face boots!


Emerald Mountain is clearly a place for locals to go exercise and socialize. Some folks were running the trail while others were letting their dogs run free. I don’t recommend this location for any hiker who is afraid of dogs. There were more dogs than people, none of which were obeying the “leash law.” I got to greet several happy mutts!


The Emerald Mountain area offers a network of trails, though it was a bit hard for me to figure out all the options, so I followed Blackmer Drive almost two miles to a spectacular view of the town of Steamboat and it’s snow covered, ski slopes.


Afterward, I got to dive into turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and a variety of pies with my family and friends. I doubt if I burned as many calories as I ate, but at least I exercised a little. Happy Thanksgiving to all. ETB

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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned travel photographer and blogger.

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