CMC student creates Steamboat Springs hiking challenge – Steamboat Pilot & Today

The Steamboat Springs 6’er is a hiking challenge that features six trails near Steamboat. Those who complete the challenge get a sticker and certificate.
Carsen Coleman/Courtesy photo

Most people don’t need a reason to get outside, breathe among the trees and hike or bike a few miles. But for those who do, Carsen Coleman, a student at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, has created a brand new incentive and motivator for area hikers with the Steamboat Springs 6’er challenge.

The challenge consists of six hikes all within 30 miles of Steamboat Springs. Upon completion, people can submit a registration form to become an official SS 6’er member and earn a sticker and roster number.

Coleman, 19, grew up in Lake Placid, New York, in the heart of the Adirondacks, where there are many hiking challenges. There’s the Saranac 6’er and the 46’er challenge all in Upstate New York.

“When I was a kid, my Dad would drag me on hikes and I was never into it,” Coleman said. “When he showed me one of the hiking challenges, the Lake Placid 9’er, it definitely motivated me to get that sticker and get that certificate. Ever since then, I fell in love with hiking. I’m hoping for some local kids to do the same.”

Coleman came to Steamboat to work for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. as a lift operator after graduating high school amid the pandemic. He now attends CMC, where he’s a nursing major.

When Coleman moved to the Yampa Valley, he noticed and was surprised to learn that Steamboat had no such challenge. Inspired by the names of the hiking challenges back east, Coleman came up with the Steamboat Springs 6er and created an Instagram and website at

The challenge includes Creekside, the Uranium Mine Trail, Blackmer on Emerald Mountain, Rabbit Ears Peak, Hahns Peak and Thunderhead trail.

“I wanted something for both the tourists and the locals,” he said. “There’s six of them so they can be completed …….


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