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Game Creek Ride

 4.0 (5)

10.2 Miles 16.4 Kilometers


40%

Singletrack

397' 121 m

Ascent

-2,614' -797 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

10,351' 3,155 m

High

7,739' 2,359 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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A great cross country descent when you're tired of lapping the gondola.

Nick Wilder

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Overview

Enjoying all that free downhill vertical from the gondola rides, but tired of the crowds or looking for something a bit more cross-country? This is a great alternative. Don't confuse this with Cougar Ridge which also descends to Minturn, but at a harder grade caused by severe erosion.

Description

From the Eagle Bahn gondola, head west on the paved path (Eagle's Loop) to its farthest point. Pass some warning signs (saying that you're leaving the ski area), and head through meadows straight down the beautiful ridge. You eventually come to an unsigned intersection: the right branch is the Matterhorn Trail (harder, but a shorter loop that ends in West Vail). This Game Creek Trail ride takes the left branch, which turns back sharply to the left and heads into lower Game Creek bowl. A pleasant descent through the aspens ends near the creek in a peaceful meadow.

You now follow the creek all the way down to Minturn. There's one short technical section where a rock slide covered the trail, but otherwise it's smooth sailing.

The trail end is kind of weird - basically in somebody's back yard - but it's completely legal (with National Forest signage and all). From here, follow the neighborhood road to the bike path and cruise back to the gondola for another lap!

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Sep 10, 2017
Raúl Gross
Aug 14, 2017
Lucas CF
Awesome 10.2mi
Jul 31, 2016
Nick Wilder
Jul 3, 2015
Phil Hawkins
Aug 2, 2012
Nick Wilder
10.3mi — 1h 45m

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  4.0 from 5 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#1921

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in Vail Resort

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in Colorado

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Not sure if I agree with the "cross country descent" comment at the top of the page... this is definitely not an XC-type descent! It drops 2500 ft in 3.5 miles, and has some steep, technical riding involved. Nothing is overly difficult, but it's definitely not for beginners. That said, it's awesome, and I prefer it over Cougar Ridge and Two Elk. Jul 12, 2017

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