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Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 998' 304 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,174' 3,406 m
Low: 10,177' 3,102 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

A cross country climb or descent with wildflowers and views.

Nick Wilder

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Expect two-way traffic on this cross-country trail that connects Mid Vail to Patrol Headquarters at the top of chairs 4, 5, and 11. It's probably better as a climb (mostly because then you'll ready to descend the spectacular Grand Traverse trail), but is good either way.

From Mid Vail, this trail starts at the same place as Kinnikinnick hiking trail. Start climbing immediately on intermediate terrain and make several switchbacks across ski runs and through flowers. The views of the Gore Range get better and better.

The grade then mellows out about a third of the way up and you'll follow some short sections of doubletrack service roads. Follow signs back to singletrack and finish up with fun switchbacks in dense trees between the ski runs.

If you ride this down, take care because there are no berms on the corners, and it's likely you'll see uphill or hiker traffic. It doesn't seem to be a particularly busy trail, but it's also not a downhill specific trail.

There are many great options from the top of this trail, such as descending Grand Traverse or cruising out Main Vail Road towards the Mongolia bowls and Mill Creek Trail.

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Sep 17, 2017
Connor Leahy
Sep 13, 2017
Aaron T.
climbed it
Aug 30, 2016
Andrea Friesen
Dying lol
Aug 10, 2016
Jacob Tubbs
Sep 14, 2014
Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 3 votes

#18

in Vail Resort

#15565

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#18

in Vail Resort

#1,564

in Colorado

#15,565

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Jacob Tubbs
Birmingham, AL
Jacob Tubbs   Birmingham, AL
This is a useful way to go up to the top of Main Vail / start of Grand Traverse (down) from the top of Gitalong Road. It's fairly steep in places and has a short segment about a 1/4 mile in that was unrideable for me. After that it stays fairly steep but is rideable. Aug 10, 2016

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