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Grand Traverse

Intermediate
 4.5 (36)

Vail Mountain's signature cross country trail


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Map Key

5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Singletrack

11,188' 3,410 m

High

10,318' 3,145 m

Low

958' 292 m

Up

88' 27 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 36 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#278

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  4.5 from 36 votes
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#3

in Vail Resort

#98

in Colorado

#278

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Photos

Coming around the bend in Game Creek Bowl.
Apr 14, 2013 near Vail, CO
Climbing out (towards the east) on the incredible Grand Traverse Trail
Jul 9, 2017 near Vail, CO
Great feel for the Grand Traverse trail
Oct 4, 2013 near Vail, CO
Big bowls and Blue Sky Basin
Nov 16, 2012 near Vail, CO
Hard to focus on the trail...
Nov 16, 2012 near Vail, CO
Cruising along Ptarmigan ridge.
Jul 9, 2013 near Vail, CO

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Jul 12, 2022
Kevin D.
Aug 18, 2021
Patrick Burns
Yeah this is an amazing bit of trail. Like Alps amazing.
Sep 20, 2019
Eric Richardsson
4mi
Aug 31, 2019
Deanna Brubaker
Aug 26, 2018
Markus Galehr
Aug 17, 2018
ERIC CSABA
Jul 28, 2018
Gerald Fjord
Amazing views 4.1mi
Sep 17, 2017
Connor Leahy