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Summer exploration: downhill mountain biking

Airman 1st Class Brad Hoffler, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron, rides a mountain biking trail on Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. Hoffler and 18 other riders from F.E. Warren Air Force Base participated in an Outdoor Recreation trip which took them to a downhill mountain bike park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Airman 1st Class Brad Hoffler, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron, rides a mountain biking trail on Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. Hoffler and 18 other riders from F.E. Warren Air Force Base participated in an Outdoor Recreation trip which took them to a downhill mountain bike park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Staff Sgt. Ariadni Eyman, 90th Contracting Squadron, rides down a hill on a mountain biking trail on Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. It was Eyman’s first time downhill mountain biking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Staff Sgt. Ariadni Eyman, 90th Contracting Squadron, rides down a hill on a mountain biking trail on Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. It was Eyman’s first time downhill mountain biking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Staff Sgt. Dylan Haley, 90th Munitions Squadron, jumps a tabletop dirt mound at a bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The bike park is situated on Mount Werner in Routt National Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Staff Sgt. Dylan Haley, 90th Munitions Squadron, jumps a tabletop dirt mound at a bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The bike park is situated on Mount Werner in Routt National Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Participants of an F.E. Warren Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation trip pose for a group photo at a bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The trip consisted of a day of riding the downhill mountain biking trails carved into Mount Werner in Routt National Forest and soaking at a local hot spring afterwards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Participants of an F.E. Warren Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation trip pose for a group photo at a bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The trip consisted of a day of riding the downhill mountain biking trails carved into Mount Werner in Routt National Forest and soaking at a local hot spring afterwards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Participants of an F.E. Warren Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation trip relax in a local hot spring in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The trip consisted of a day of riding the downhill mountain biking trails carved into Mount Werner in Routt National Forest and soaking at a local hot spring afterwards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

Participants of an F.E. Warren Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation trip relax in a local hot spring in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 29, 2015. The trip consisted of a day of riding the downhill mountain biking trails carved into Mount Werner in Routt National Forest and soaking at a local hot spring afterwards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Editor's note: This feature is part of an ongoing series to highlight various activities Airmen can explore in the local area.

According to Airman 1st Class Brad Hoffler, a 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron defender, "It's that rush of being able to fly down a mountain at 30 miles an hour, going over jumps, cutting around turns. Biking is always good therapy. It raises your spirits."

Airmen seeking opportunities for an outdoor adventure or an adrenaline rush can find it readily available on trips organized by the Outdoor Recreation office here.

Thrill-seeking Airmen like Hoffler jumped at the opportunity when Outdoor Rec. hosted a downhill mountain biking trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Aug. 29, 2015. This was the second mountain biking trip this season, after positive feedback was received from a trip earlier in the summer.

"We brought a bunch of Airmen down here that enjoy getting outdoors and enjoy mountain biking" said Augustus Schliffke, an outdoor adventure programmer with Outdoor Rec. "That's part of the success - because they're doing something they enjoy."

Nineteen adventurers trail-dashed down a bike park engraved on the slopes of Mount Werner, a mountain in Routt National Forest, which features more than 50 miles of downhill and free-ride terrain for all ability levels. After their first run down the mountain, the riders were all pumped with excitement.

"It was a blast," said Staff Sgt. Dylan Haley, 90th Munitions Squadron. "Everyone seemed to have fun. Steamboat has amazing trails. All in all, it was a great day.  The trails are really flowing back and forth; your adrenaline pumps up and down. I recommend anyone to come do this."

Airman 1st Class Jeffery Johnson, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron, is new to the base and this trip was his first excursion with Outdoor Rec.

"It was a hell of a time going downhill mountain biking and going to the little hot springs after," said Johnson. "It gives you those thrills you just don't get every day and it's something new you can try."

Johnson knows the value of going on trips like this one and making new social connections. "(Outdoor Rec.) gives you something to look forward to and plenty of opportunities to invite some of your fellow Airmen," he said.

The day ended with the participants relaxing at a local hot spring 30 minutes away from the bike park.

"The Outdoor Rec. people did a great job to set us up, get us out there and have a lot of fun," said Haley. "The springs afterwards were amazing."