Vail Mountain Mountain Biking

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.

Vail Mountain (CO/US)

Vail Mountain (CO/US)

Vail Mountain Mountain Biking Map

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MORE INFORMATION

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

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.vail.com/

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Date Updated:  7/29/2016

Vail Mountain Mountain Biking Map

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