Vail Mountain For Mountain Biking

The 20th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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Off the back side of Vail Mountain, there are several good trails. The trick is getting to the top -- either climb old Mill Creek Road (now a ski lift access road) or take the lifts up. Once on top, the choice routes down the south side are Game Creek Trail (#2130), Cougar Ridge Trail, or Two Elk Trail (#2005). All three drop out near Minturn.

Trail Descriptions:

Eagles Loop (Easy) Great for the beginner biker with scenic vistas and access from the Eagle Bahn Gondola - 1 mile (1.6 km)

Upper Fireweed (Easy) A beautiful bike trail for beginners from Adventure Ridge to Mid-Vail - 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

Cubs Way (Easy) Gravel road connecting Fred's Lunch to Lion Down - 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

Village Trail (Easy) Longest and most pleasantmountain bike route on the mountain - a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent - 7 miles (11.3 km)

Gitalong Road (Moderate) An alternative to Village Trail with a pleasant winding gravel road most of the way - 5 miles (8 km)

Freds Lunch (Moderate) An alternating single and double track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views - 3.2 miles (4.8 km)

Grand Traverse (Moderate) Vails signature trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector - 5.3 miles (8.5 km)

South 6 Escape (Moderate) This single track off Village Trail is a challenging option for intermediate bikers - .75 miles (1.2 km)

Lion Down (Moderate) Downhill all the way from Adventure Ridge on this beautiful, winding single track through groves of Aspen trees - 6 miles (9.7 km)

Mid-Vail Escape (Difficult) Challenging single and double track that takes you from the top of Kloser's Klimb to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range - 2.2 miles (3.5 km)

Klosers Klimb (Difficult) A grueling 1,000 foot climb from Adventure Ridge to Patrol Headquarters - 2.4 miles (3.9 km)

Onza Alley (Difficult) Most difficult loop with single track, 4x4 roads, steep descents and a 1,000 foot climb - 4 miles (6.6 km)

Mane Lane (Downhill Hardcore) Formerly part of the LionsHead Loop, this is a steep single track with can be used as a sidemountain bike route on Lion Down - .6 miles (1km)

Magic Forest - Starts at Adventure Ridge and works its way down to Cubs Way. This single track winds its way through the woods with several drop-offs and challenging terrain features.

Overall, Vail Mountain is the 20th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Vail Mountain including Lost Lake Loop, North Trail, Big Mamba Trail, Whiskey Creek Trail and Game Creek - Two Elk Creek.

Best Vail Mountain Mountain Biking Review | Vail, Colorado

Vail Mountain (CO/US)


Local Contact(s):  White River National Forest (303) 827-5715; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Vail Tourism (970) 479-1394.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Vail Trail Map" from Kent Schulte

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Park Meadows Lodge w/ hot tub (970) 476-5598; Black Bear Inn (970) 476-1304

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer

Breakfast Restaurant:  Daily Grind, Vail

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Article Source:   Best Vail Mountain Mountain Biking Review

GPS:  39.639075, -106.373427

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  5990

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