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Main Vail Road

Consensus:    (details)
 2.5 from 2 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #86 in the Vail and Eagle area
#995 in Colorado
#5,687 Overall
Condition:
Oct 2 Dry - dry road with some mountain traffic.
Trail near Vail,  area, 
“Not a good trail, but amazing scenery and partially used on great rides.”
Nick Wilder on Aug 27, 2013
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4.16.6 milesKilometers 1,087’331 m Ascent 11,335’3,455 m High 5.6% Avg Grade
Doubletrack Type -124’-38 m Descent 10,372’3,161 m Low 9.9% Max Grade
Description
This isn't a destination for experienced riders but it is remarkably scenic and used as an important connector. It's a wide, perfectly smooth dirt road used by Vail resorts that goes along the very top ridgeline of Vail Mountain. There are some moderate hills, but the altitude is so high, they're harder than they appear, and thus the intermediate rating (the technical difficulty is zero).

The scenery is especially good on the eastern half of the trail, which feels more remote. The famous back bowls spread out on one side of the mountain while the Gore range looms on the other.

Several great rides use the middle part of this trail, such as Bowmans Shortcut to Vail. It also provides a connection to and from Mill Creek Trail and Two Elk Trail.
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COMMENTS
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PHOTOS of Main Vail Road
 4.6 from 8 votes
A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment! (Vail, CO)
 4.0 from 1 vote
Hard to focus on the trail... (Vail, CO)
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