Game Creek Ride

 1 vote

10.2 Miles 16.4 Kilometers

40%

Singletrack

397' 121 m

Ascent

-2,614' -797 m

Descent

10,351' 3,155 m

High

7,739' 2,359 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

All Clear

10,351' 3,155 m

High

7,739' 2,359 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

A great cross country descent when you're tired of lapping the gondola.

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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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Jul 31, 2016
Nick Wilder
Jul 3, 2015
Phil Hawkins
Apr 24, 2013
Sam Vanderhyden
Testing 10.2mi — 2h 22m
Aug 2, 2012
Nick Wilder
10.3mi — 1h 45m

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