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Mill Creek Trail

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  3.0 from 2 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #17 in the Vail area
#875 in CO, #6,388 Overall
Views: 662. Last 30 days: 77
Sep 18 Green - dry but a major storm rolled in
Trail in the area near Vail,
“A long dirt road grind to a spectacular summit”
Nick Wilder on Aug 26, 2013
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6.710.8 milesKilometers 2,498’761 m Ascent 11,813’3,600 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type 0’0 m Descent 9,315’2,839 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
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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PHOTOS of Mill Creek Trail
  5.0 from 2 votes
Sunset at 11,600'. (Vail, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
At a backcountry campsite above East Vail Chutes. (Vail, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
The remarkable summit of Mill Creek Trail (Vail, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
A great finish to the day! (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Typical section of the Mill Creek Trail (Vail, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Meadow above Mill Creek, where we saw some moose. (Vail, CO)
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Meadows on the Mill Creek Trail (Vail, CO)
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