Hiking The Two Elk Trail

The 36th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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South of Vail, the Two Elk Trail is an 11 mile route open to hiking.

To reach the eastern trailhead at US70, use Exit 180 and head south on Big Horn Road for about 4 miles. The hiking trailhead is on the right.

To reach the western trailhead, head west from Vail on US70 to US24. Head south on US24 through Minturn for 4 miles total to trailhead on the left.

Overall, Two Elk Trail is the 36th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.

Two Elk Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  White River National Forest (970) 827-5715; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Colorado" from Maryann Gaug

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

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

Luxury Loding:  Sonnenalp Resort (800) 654-8312; Cordillera (800) 87RELAX; Vail Cascade Resort (800) 420-2424

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver

GPS:  39.6005, -106.2712

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  15073

Two Elk Trail Hiking Map


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