ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS:
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Aerial view of Dumont Lake and campground with Rabbit Ears Peak in the distance
The rock formation, which resembles a rabbit's ears, is accessible from an old jeep road. Therefore, you may encounter cars driving some of the way down Forest Road 291. Most of the hike is open fields, so be sure to bring adequate sun block. Also, Do not be alarmed when you see herds of grazing sheep with shepherds on horseback along the way because the area is permitted. Extraordinary wildflowers are visible during late spring and early summer. Be sure and bring your camera and bug repellent!
NARRATIVE: Parking just past the stone monument on Forest Road 311, continue walking up Road 311 through a patch of forest to the clearing. On your right, you will notice another jeep trail, Road 291, with a small hiking symbol on a post; this is the old jeep road that will take you up to Rabbit Ears Peaks. The old dirt
road winds through breathtaking meadows of wildflowers. Upon entering the forested part of the trail, you encounter the first real incline of the hike. The last uphill grade is very steep and will bring you to the base of the Ears. Be careful not to slide coming down these steep grades on your return hike.
LEAVE NO TRACE
As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.
Directions from Steamboat Springs: ACCESS: Drive about 19 miles southeast of Steamboat up Rabbit Ears Pass on HWY 40. Turn left (North) at the Dumont Lake Campground sign, and follow FDR 315 past the Dumont Lake Picnic Area and Campground Area turnoffs until you reach the old stone monument and historic marker. Turn left here onto FDR 311 -you can park here, or past the gate and through a group of trees turn right onto FDR 291. You can park here and begin your hike.
Summer through Fall
(NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.)