Mill Creek Trail

 2 votes

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers

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2,498' 761 m

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11,813' 3,600 m

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9,315' 2,839 m

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7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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11,813' 3,600 m

High

9,315' 2,839 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

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A long dirt road grind to a spectacular summit

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Though rated easy, this is one long climb, especially since you have to climb at least 1,000' up the Village Trail before it even starts, making the total ascent about 3,500'!

Many long, excellent loops are possible using this trail: climbing up it, then traversing Vail to Grand Traverse, and then down the front side (perhaps Radio Flyer) is quite a ride, but just an example. Bowmans Shortcut and Two Elk Trail could be used for huge rides.

Starting from the bottom, you pass next to Mill Creek through aspen-lined meadows where we've seen moose and deer. You climb through lodgepole forest and eventually get the rim overlooking the Gore range. The views are spectacular and just get better and better all the way to the top. The summit is just at treeline and is truly spectacular!

This trail is a dirt road closed to vehicles. The surface is mostly easy, compact dirt, with occasional rain dams that make for fun launchpads on the way down. It is technically easy, and never very steep, but relentless with the climbing, and you're at a pretty decent altitude, so take it seriously.

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Sep 18, 2014
Jason Walence
I am putting this a little above easy because it is a LONG haul from the base of the mountain to the top of Benchmark. 10.5mi Delete

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  3.0 from 2 votes

#15

in Vail Resort

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in Vail Resort

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in Colorado

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