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Game Creek Ride

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Rank: #17 in the Vail and Eagle area
#124 in Colorado
#962 Overall
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“A great cross country descent when you're tired of lapping the gondola.”
Nick Wilder on Nov 2, 2012
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10.216.4 milesKilometers 397’121 m Ascent 10,351’3,155 m High 5.6% Avg Grade
40% Singletrack -2,614’-797 m Descent 7,739’2,359 m Low 20.1% Max Grade
Overview
2:03 average ride time for 10.3 miles. Details

Enjoying all that free downhill vertical from the gondola rides, but tired of the crowds or looking for something a bit more cross-country? This is a great alternative. Don't confuse this with Cougar Ridge which also descends to Minturn, but at a harder grade caused by severe erosion.
Description
From the Eagle Bahn gondola, head west on the paved path (Eagle's Loop) to its farthest point. Pass some warning signs (saying that you're leaving the ski area), and head through meadows straight down the beautiful ridge. You eventually come to an unsigned intersection: the right branch is the Matterhorn Trail (harder, but a shorter loop that ends in West Vail). This Game Creek Trail ride takes the left branch, which turns back sharply to the left and heads into lower Game Creek bowl. A pleasant descent through the aspens ends near the creek in a peaceful meadow.

You now follow the creek all the way down to Minturn. There's one short technical section where a rock slide covered the trail, but otherwise it's smooth sailing.

The trail end is kind of weird - basically in somebody's back yard - but it's completely legal (with National Forest signage and all). From here, follow the neighborhood road to the bike path and cruise back to the gondola for another lap!
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PHOTOS of Game Creek Ride
 5.0 from 2 votes
Wildflowers in July (Minturn, CO)
 4.7 from 3 votes
It's like a powder day on your bike! Superb trail in superb aspens. (Minturn, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Easy riding, jaw-dropping scenery. (Vail, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Fantastic flowers in July (Minturn, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
July flowers on the Gore Creek Valley Trail (Vail, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Yet more flowers. (Minturn, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Flower profusion! (Minturn, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
And the scenery on the other side of the ridge isn't bad either. That's... (Vail, CO)
 3.5 from 2 votes
Well over a mile of this, and you'll wish there was more! (Minturn, CO)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Leaving the ski area (Vail, CO)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Time to descend along the creek (Minturn, CO)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Fun, that's all I can say. (Minturn, CO)
 3.0 from 2 votes
A great stretch of singletrack that seems to be on an abandoned road. (Minturn, CO)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Easy riding on Eagle's Loop (Vail, CO)
 3.0 from 1 vote
A nice open meadow where the trail meets the creek. (Minturn, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
The intersection between Game Creek Trail (left) and Matterhorn Trail (r... (Minturn, CO)
 2.5 from 2 votes
A 50' technical section where a cliff has broken apart above the trail. ... (Minturn, CO)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Where the trail meets Minturn. (Minturn, CO)
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