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Paulie's Plunge

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 4.4 (17)

Super fun steep descent through aspens.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Singletrack

9,157' 2,791 m

High

7,995' 2,437 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,162' 354 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Closed May 15 - June 20.

Description

This one starts off with some rocky drops and steep root sections in a thick aspen and pine forest. It has one sizable drop (20 inches?) off a root ledge. The landing is good, but there isn't really an alternate route for this one. The trail mellows out a bit as it continues, but there will still be sections of short drops and root-filled tech that intermediates may want to walk. Experts will be able to ride just about everything.

After a while, the trail stops descending quite so fast and crosses a beautiful creek using a skinny bridge. Then, after a very brief climb the trail points back downhill through rocky glades and aspen groves. The trail gets smoother and less steep as it continues, loosely following the creek the rest of the way down. The final sections make for smooth, super-fast fun until the trail ends at a junction with Eagle Vail Trail. Connect with Eagle Vail Trail , Elkhorn Trail, Village to Village Trail, and Allie's Way for a solid loop.

Popular with hikers. Control your speed and mind the blind corners.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Jonah C and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 17 votes

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in Beaver Creek

#1038

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Trail Rankings

#1

in Beaver Creek

#229

in Colorado

#1,038

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Awesome wildflowers and aspens on Paulies Plunge
Jul 3, 2013 near Avon, CO
More wildflowers.  More aspens.  Ho hum.
Jul 3, 2013 near Avon, CO
Dusty's Crash on Paulie's Plunge
Nov 10, 2020 near Avon, CO
Stone Creek Bridge
Jul 3, 2013 near Avon, CO
Starting the plunge through some big aspens
Jul 3, 2013 near Avon, CO

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Sep 30, 2018
Sarah W
very steep and technical at the top, with difficulty and pitch easing into awesome riding at the bottom. worth the struggle!
Jun 6, 2018
Ethan Harrison
Oct 17, 2017
Raúl Gross
Cleared two downed trees. Still one at the top of Paulie's.
Oct 16, 2017
Raúl Gross
Three trees down. Two before bridge. Finally rode bridge and step up tree immediately after!
Oct 12, 2017
Raúl Gross
Trees down. Clear from bridge to end.
Sep 30, 2017
Tony Campono
Sep 26, 2017
Raúl Gross
Sep 25, 2017
Raúl Gross
Night Plunge!