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Main Vail Road

Intermediate
 2.4 (5)

Not a good trail, but amazing scenery and partially used on great rides.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Doubletrack

11,335' 3,455 m

High

10,372' 3,161 m

Low

1,087' 331 m

Up

124' 38 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Description

This isn't a destination for experienced riders but it is remarkably scenic and used as an important connector. It's a wide, perfectly smooth dirt road used by Vail resorts that goes along the very top ridgeline of Vail Mountain. There are some moderate hills, but the altitude is so high, they're harder than they appear, and thus the intermediate rating (the technical difficulty is zero).

The scenery is especially good on the eastern half of the trail, which feels more remote. The famous back bowls spread out on one side of the mountain while the Gore range looms on the other.

Several great rides use the middle part of this trail, such as Bowmans Shortcut to Vail. It also provides a connection to and from Mill Creek Trail and Two Elk Trail.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  2.4 from 5 votes

#30

in Vail Resort

#29347

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  2.4 from 5 votes
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#30

in Vail Resort

#2,626

in Colorado

#29,347

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Photos

A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment!
Nov 6, 2012 near Vail, CO
Hard to focus on the trail...
Nov 16, 2012 near Vail, CO
Many wildflowers still at end of July
Jul 31, 2015 near Vail, CO
Panoramic view near the top of the Great Escape.
Jul 18, 2019 near Vail, CO
Hard to focus on the trail with all this scenery on the Grand Traverse
Jul 18, 2019 near Vail, CO

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Sep 15, 2018
Dano Monticelli
Oct 2, 2014
Jason Walence
This is not a moderate climb on the road, it is steeper in 3 different places than any other places on forest road in vail. 4.1mi