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Trail

4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 966' 295 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 11,212' 3,417 m
Low: 10,316' 3,144 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Vail Mountain's signature cross country trail

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Description

If you're not singing the "Sound of Music" on this ride, you should hang up your wheels...

And you know it's good, because Vail made their own video of it: Grand Traverse Video

The trail starts from the top of the gondola, and then cruises around Game Creek bowl, through pine forests and across flower-covered ski runs while gently climbing uphill. Views of the Mt of the Holy Cross are astounding. The trail then wraps around a ridge with all of Vail's back bowls laid out in front of you. A bit more gentle climbing around the bowls, mostly in open meadow, before a final short steeper climb to the top of chairlifts 4, 5, and 11. The trail ends here.

Return: just returning on the same trail is certainly the most scenic, and it is an enjoyable downhill with a gentle grade, smooth, flowy singletrack, and jaw-dropping scenery. Kloser's Klimb follows a dirt road back to the top of the gondola. It's fast, but not much fun. New in 2014 is Mid Vail Escape, which will take you to Mid-Vail, and from there you could take a number of trails to the bottom, or the enjoyable Lucy's Loop back to the top of the Lionshead gondola.

There are many options to make this a much longer ride. One good one is to follow the ridge along the top of Vail all the way to Outer Mongolia Bowl, from where you can catch dirt roads down to Vail Village. Check the maps for other ideas.

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Aug 26, 2018
Markus Galehr
Aug 17, 2018
ERIC CSABA
Jul 28, 2018
Gerald Fjord
Amazing views 4.1mi
Sep 17, 2017
Connor Leahy
Sep 13, 2017
Aaron T.
Sep 10, 2017
Raúl Gross
out and back, West to East
Sep 10, 2017
Gosia Lieske
Out and back 8mi — 2h 05m
Jul 30, 2017
Gabe Gosselin
Gruesome 900ft climb 4.1mi

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Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 27 votes

#2

in Vail Resort

#152

Overall
  4.6 from 27 votes
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#2

in Vail Resort

#54

in Colorado

#152

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9,223 Since Sep 10, 2012
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Geoffry Lee
Denver, CO
Geoffry Lee   Denver, CO
Really nice mellow climb with amazing views. Nice to break up the downhill and take a trek out here. Not many people of the trail compared to DH trails. Really fun out and back. Aug 14, 2014
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
Geoff, does this mean you have to pay to haul the bikes? Jun 3, 2015
Geoffry Lee
Denver, CO
Geoffry Lee   Denver, CO
Jessica, yes you need to buy a lift ticket, unless you want to ride up the mountain. The trail starts at the top of the ski area. I did the climb a couple seasons ago before the lifts were open, took 2.5 hours Jun 3, 2015

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