Head up Seedhouse Road for 4 miles to fire road 431, which is a 4WD road. FR431 is a steady climb, with a few steep spots. Take 431 up to the Blow Down area, and then look for trail #1177 (Scotts Run).
You lose the trail immediately after it starts, from some blown down trees, but just keep your eyes out and you'll find it again behind a large growth of plants. Tight singletrack, rolling through forested areas, Aspen groves, and lush undergrowth. A few technical spots that are extreme; rocks, roots, and downed trees all along the way. A couple of stream crossings too. Make sure you have a map, because there are numerous off-shoots.
#1177 eventually connects with another fire road back to Seedhouse Road. Take the road a couple miles back to where you parked.
Summary: A nice loop, intermediate riding skill required, a couple nasty sections if you like it. Lot's of wildlife. Saw 4 moose! Nice fall colors.
Recommended Route: Rode this trail in Sept '09. Rode up the Wyoming Trail (#1101) on the east side of N. Fork of Elk River. The trail starts directly across from the Seedhouse GROUP campground entrance on Seedhouse Road/FR 400. You can also ride up the west side of the N. Fork Elk River on trail #1189, as it has been closed to motors. Trail #1101 option is nice, with occassional rocky, steep, hike-a-bikes, but these parts are short lived. Overall, very ride-able trail. Cross the bridge when you reach the road (can't miss it), and continue on the road heading west for about a mile. When you see a steep climb ahead (one that you'd rather not do), look to your left and you'll see a weathered trail sign that says 1107. This is a nice descent, with some nasty rocks sections if you're inclined, down to a creek crossing (Hinman Creek). After the crossing, it's steep, often hike-a-bike sections up to the ridge. The following descent down Hinman trail, back to Seedhouse Road, is nice. Or, take the cutover trail (#1188.1a)west to Coulton Creek trail, and descend that way. In all, about a 3 hour loop at a moderate pace.
Other recommended trails in the same area: South Fork Loop. Easier, shorter, but lots of fun
Summary: Great trail! The first part of the loop used to be a dirt road (Forest Service #431) but has been turned into a nice easy singletrack trail. You still ride dirt road (maybe 2 miles) between the initial singletrack and Scott's Run proper, but it's through this cool burned forest that makes it seem like you're on another planet. The Scott's Run singletrack is really good, but could use a little maintenance. There are numerous places where you have to get off your bike because there is a tree across the trail, the trail is really loose, or there is a swampy section – good for the adventure but they kinda spoil the flow of what could be a very fluid trail.
Recommended Route: I wonder if the Wyoming trail is a better way to start this loop. Anybody ridden both that and the Diamond trail up to the bridge?
Other recommended trails in the same area: This is the best I've ridden in Steamboat. Much better than Coulton, Red Dirt, and South Fork of the Elk.
Summary: I did this trail counter-clockwise and used Wyoming Trail 1101 to go up the east bank of the North Fork Elk Creek. This area is badly burnt, and makes for an interesting ride. The climb isn't bad at all. I then crossed the creek at the bridge (you can't miss it) and rode the gravel for about a mile until the single track started again. This northern part of the loop is pretty good, but frequent sections of rock really break up the rhythm and prevent me from giving it 5 stars. Likewise, the west part of the loop has a great descent, and the ride through the Aspens is nice but too short. You have to stop at Hinman Lake when you are out there. This trail is no longer closed by the way.
Recommended Route: Start at Seedhouse Campground, go north up the North Fork Elk Creek, turn west on singletrack and ride counterclockwise until you return to Seedhouse Road. Return to car via the road.
Other recommended trails in the same area: I like rolling singletrack, and found some sweet trail going from Buffalo Pass south to link up with Mountain View Trail, which takes you to the top of the ski area. Its about 30 mile loop, but is mostly fast, clean singletrack.
Review Date June 25, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Dave
, from Steamboat Springs
Summary: As of June 2003 Scott Run is closed due to the Hinman fire last year. Coulton Creek trail is open.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Nipple Peak, just north of Steamboat Lake. Coulten Creek.
Review Date August 7, 2000
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Paul
, from Fort Collins, CO
Summary: Great ride. Classic Steamboat, winding through aspens for miles. Relatively little climbing for a ride in this area, except for one lung burner after you cross the creek. One technical section for 1/2 mile or so, plus you should be able to ride over occassional trees crossing the trail. Takes about 3 hours at moderate pace. Finding the start of the single track is tough in 2000. It is on the left a few hundred yards past the "T", just as the road starts up the hill. Don't worry, after a few minutes the trail is fine the rest of the way. 1) TAKE A MAP, since there are a fair number of trails/roads in the area. I think they still have free ones at Ski Haus in Steamboat. 2) Take your tools. You are way out there halfway through this ride, and you may not see anyone the whole time, even on a weekend. In the same vein, take it easy on the technical sections. If you are really good, ride 'em. If not, think hard about how your buddies will feel hauling you out of here and missing the fun stuff up ahead. Bottom Line: If you don't have fun on this one, sell your bike.
Recommended Route: I like to add the Colton Ck. trail at the end, but have to admit I have never done it differently. I would rate as intermediate, for length. A few technical sections; one long tough uphill. Pretty remote feeling; haven't seen many people back here. But now it is in Steamboat magazine, so might as well add a little more detail. My bet is it will still not get many riders, which is a shame since this is such a great trail.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Most are posted on this site. Try Little/Red Dirt Park area, although sometimes there are motorcycles on these trails.