Vail Lake - Trail #1
ElevationAscent: 3' 1 m
Descent: -581' -177 m
High: 2,090' 637 m
Low: 1,509' 460 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Great view at the start, fast and sporty singletrack descent with a couple gnarly spots.”— B L
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
The trail winds down to a steep, rocky section where repeated rides and erosion have made the rocks more and more exposed while deepening the gaps in between them. This section is worth walking and finding the best line the first time around. Fortunately, it has a nice long run out, so any speed can be bled off before the first turn.
The trail mellows and then switchbacks around to another even trickier section where the rocks present themselves as a more formidable, wheel-bending barrier right before a very sharp left with harsh exposure beyond - not much room for error.
After all this, the trail glides down a very steep and smooth transition to the final rocky run and lip up to the road at the bottom. Lots of fun.
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Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed
Land Manager: Vail Lake Resort