Two Elk Connector

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  4.3 from 3 votes
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Rank: #4 in the Vail area
#220 in CO, #2,227 Overall
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Trail in the area near Vail,
“The best way to connect Vail resort to the long rides that go through Two Elk Pass.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 22, 2012
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2.23.5 milesKilometers 513’156 m Ascent 11,474’3,497 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -91’-28 m Descent 10,968’3,343 m Low 13% Max Grade (7°)
This is a great section of singletrack connecting the Two Elk Trail, Bowman's Shortcut, and the ski area.

Surprisingly easy singletrack climbs up through Outer Mongolia Bowl to the top of the Mongolia lift.

From there, follow the singletrack (not the dirt road or lift line) straight across. It stays above a rock band, which you eventually have to carry your bike through. Look for the obvious notch.

Several amazing long epic rides use this connection. †Fantastic scenery in every direction.
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4.7 (15)
A grand tour combining amazing alpine scenery with Vail's finest flow trails.
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4.5 (11)
An epic ride with spectacular singletrack, scenery, and a 4,600' descent.
near Frisco, CO

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PHOTOS of Two Elk Connector
  4.7 from 9 votes
A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment! (Vail, CO)
  4.5 from 4 votes
Wildflower season makes this ride even closer to perfect. (Vail, CO)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Surveying Vail's back bowls. (Vail, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
The surprisingly easy connection from Two Elk trail to the ski area is r... (Vail, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
The back bowls.. Just as glorious in the summer! (Vail, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Coming up the final switchbacks immediately after entering Vail Ski Resort (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 4 votes
When you reach the top of the Poma lift, do NOT go down the road. Look ... (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
This downed tree (as of July 2013) makes it VERY easy to miss this turn ... (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Biking across the Mongolia Bowls - makes me want to ski! (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 1 vote
You'll be riding on the summit ridge (or just below it, if you're headin... (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 1 vote
There was a ridiculous amount of flowers. (Vail, CO)