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Bowmans Shortcut

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  4.3 from 4 votes
black  Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #5 in the Eagles Nest Wilderness area
#238 in CO, #2,154 Overall
Views: 502. Last 30 days: 29
Trail in the area near Red Cliff,
“Spectacular scenery & great singletrack make this a great short ride and part of several big rides.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 16, 2012
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4.67.3 milesKilometers 1,150’351 m Ascent 11,703’3,567 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -1,010’-308 m Descent 10,825’3,299 m Low 27% Max Grade (15°)
Park right at the start of the singletrack, or anywhere on the Shrine Pass road. A 700' climb starts things out, with a few short sections most people will have to hike.

Then cruise along a ridge and open meadows on mostly flat terrain with amazing scenery in all directions.

Turn around or continue on a big adventure to Two Elk Trail or to Vail mountain.
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A life-changing 485 mile ride on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango.
near Columbine Valley, CO
4.7 (15)
A grand tour combining amazing alpine scenery with Vail's finest flow trails.
near Red Cliff, CO
4.5 (11)
An epic ride with spectacular singletrack, scenery, and a 4,600' descent.
near Frisco, CO

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PHOTOS of Bowmans Shortcut
  5.0 from 2 votes
The Gore range across the valley (Vail, CO)
  5.0 from 1 vote
Bowan's Shortcut starts out scenic and just gets better and better. (Red Cliff, CO)
  4.5 from 2 votes
A sneak peak of the view a mile or so before it totally up at the "Top o... (Red Cliff, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
The scenery near the Top of the World section of trail makes for a great... (Minturn, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
This place is called "Top of the World" for good reason! (Minturn, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Top of the world looking South and East. (Minturn, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Many wildflowers still at end of July (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
This downed tree (as of July 2013) makes it VERY easy to miss this turn ... (Vail, CO)
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