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.
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 18th most popular mountain bike trail of all 175 mountain biking rides in Colorado.