Grand Traverse

 17 votes

4.1 Miles 6.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

966' 295 m

Ascent

-71' -22 m

Descent

11,212' 3,417 m

High

10,316' 3,144 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Vail Mountain's signature cross country trail

Nick Wilder

Overview

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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Jul 21, 2017
Joshua Schellhammer
Starting from Eagle's Nest to the peak is one hell of a climb. Altitude kicked my ass. 5.5mi
Aug 30, 2016
Andrea Friesen
Perfect drop
Aug 7, 2016
Jacob Tubbs
Super fun ridden downhill
Jul 31, 2016
Nick Wilder
Jul 16, 2016
Tony Fagan
amazing scenery
Sep 14, 2014
Nick Wilder
Jul 26, 2014
Kyle Miller
Aug 31, 2013
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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


Geoff, does this mean you have to pay to haul the bikes? Jun 3, 2015


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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