Vail Pass to Copper Bike Path
ElevationAscent: 5' 1 m
Descent: -765' -233 m
High: 10,537' 3,212 m
Low: 9,777' 2,980 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A great tourist shuttle ride, or a great workout.”— Nick Wilder
From the parking area, quickly dive under one branch of the freeway and meander between the two branches most of the way. There's a lot of space in here, and you actually can't tell the freeway is there much of the time. Follow the West Tenmile Creek with great views of the Ten Mile Range of mountains and Copper Mountain ski area.
Keep an eye out for a few sharp corners, and a lot of people sharing the trail!
Once you hit the ski area, wiggle along the roads until you can pick up the trail again at the far end.
This stretch of bike path is better, longer, and more scenic than the Vail Pass to Vail Bike Path, another popular shuttle ride.
It's a surprisingly pleasant ride, given that it's nestled between two branches of a freeway!