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Tramway Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (27)

A two-way, climbing focused trail that connects the lower and upper trailheads along the eastern slopes of South Canyon.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Singletrack

6,470' 1,972 m

High

5,697' 1,736 m

Low

786' 240 m

Up

13' 4 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Wide and smooth for most of its length, the trail can be shuttled from the upper trailhead for an easy descent.

Winter closure dates are being determined. Please do not ride when muddy!

Need to Know

As of May 2018, the bottom 200 yards of this trail is not yet constructed. A bridge will be installed summer 2018 to cross South Canyon Creek at start of trail. For now, a 2 ft. jump across the creek and 30 ft. of hike-a-bike will get you on to the new trail.

Description

Most riders will start and finish their ride in South Canyon at the lower end of this trail, near the Colorado River and I-70. The trail follows historic roads (converted to wide trail) along the lower and some upper portions, usually at easier grades. Occasional steeper grunts will challenge beginner riders. Above the lower exit of the (still under construction) descending-only Lightning Bug Trail, Tramway becomes more climbing focused, with less two-way traffic to look out for. With that in mind, downhill riders still need to yield to climbing traffic.

The views of South Canyon and the Flattops beyond increase as you climb through grassy slopes, scrub oak, and service berry terrain.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard with improvements by Taz Brown

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  4.6 from 27 votes

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Photos

Launching off the lip at the end of a berm on Lightning Bug, looking south, up the canyon.
May 23, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
Airing out a roller on Lighting Bug, looking north, down the canyon.
May 23, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
Dropping in to berms #3 and #4 on Lighting Bug
May 23, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
Nice new trail just west of Glenwood Springs
May 18, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
Looking north from Tramway Trail towards the Flattops.
May 23, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
Top of Tramway, beginning of Lightning Bug
May 18, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO

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Aug 28, 2021
Brian Gustafson
Apr 23, 2021
Vail Boys
We parked at top, did Tramway down to bottom and rode back up road/dirt road. Pulled 5 year old no problem. Great condition and few other riders. 6.1mi — 1h 51m
Oct 5, 2020
Dan Stege
Jul 23, 2020
Danny DiMaria
Jun 17, 2020
Karl Schwartz
Jun 14, 2020
Eric Harrill
3.2mi
May 24, 2020
Kyle Miller
May 15, 2020
Drew W