Fun in North Routt
Are you looking for the perfect day trip the whole family can enjoy? Then head out to North Routt County where you can hike and enjoy some time on the water. Small town Clark, Colorado is the ultimate outdoor playground and it’s only a short 40 minute drive from downtown Steamboat. Here’s a few ideas for how to spend your day.
Morning (9am-11am): Take a hike up Hahn’s Peak!
As you are driving out to Clark, you will see the easily visible pyramid-shaped mountain that’s bare at the top- that is Hahn’s Peak. What was once an active volcano ages ago now serves as one of the best hikes in Northern Colorado. While not one of the valley’s hardest hikes, it’s still a great accomplishment! You will gain about 1,300 feet in elevation to end up at the old fire ranger station that rests at 10,389 feet. The views are spectacular and allow you to see clear into Wyoming. The trail is kid friendly, although it does get tricky to navigate at the top. Our recommendation is ages 8 and up! For more detailed information about accessing the trailhead, click here.
Midday (11am-12pm): Lunch at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse
After a beautiful 3 mile hike, refuel down at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. This little spot, aptly named for it’s fantastic view of Hahn’s Peak, is a great place to drink a cold beer and grab a bite to eat after your hike. Excellent burgers, and their Salted Caramel Cake is a must! After lunch, stop into the general store and grab some snacks for the rest of your afternoon.
Afternoon (12pm-5pm): Water Adventures
Photo Credit: Steamboat Lake Marina
With that Colorado sunshine really heating up the day, it’s time to enjoy some time on the lake! Steamboat Lake has everything you could need for a day on the water. Stop at the marina and rent anything from pontoon boats to paddelboards, or set up camp at a spot along the water where you can go for a swim or take a little nap under the sun. Don’t forget that sunscreen and be sure to drink lots of water!
After a full day in Clark, come back to your mountainside lodging to shower up and have a great dinner in. Order in some barbecue from Steamboat Smokehouse or authentic Mexican food from Fiesta Jalisco. View our end of summer lodging deals here and book today!