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Commando Run

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No. of Reviews: 3

Incredible single track with varied rooty terrain and numerous climes. Incredible flowers and fast killer descents. Ride it and find out for yourself.
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Latitude
39.56414718522608
Longitude
-106.40018463134766
Trail Directions
From the top of Vail Pass Head up Shrine Pass road past the Shrine Past Lodge to your first right intersection. Follow this gravel road to the first trail head. This is Commando Run, the same trail the 10th Mtn Division trained on. Ride this puppy all the way to the intersection with Two-Elk trail and decide between the following. Take Two-Elk West into Minturn 12 miles from intersection. Take Two-Elk East back down to I-70 about 2,700 vertical in 2.7 miles! Or, Climb up Bench Mark and decend down Mill Creek road to the town of Vail (double track hyperspace) Finally, you've got the option of going to China and then climbing back out and riding out through Vail Mtn. This is an excellent trail good from July to early September. If you do the Minturn loop back to Vail and assuming you used Vail as a starting point, you're looking at nearly 50 miles. Try starting from the top of Vail Pass and you still get around 3,000 vertical. Start from Vail and you get around 6,000 vertical. Only Thor, God of Thunder can hang under those circumstances. No Heidi's please.
Trail Length
up to 50 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Vail
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bill11m ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode up from Vail base on Lion Down which was pretty nice and shaded for a lame blue downhill. I took Grand Traverse along the ridge - very beautiful panoramic easy singletrack. Vail sucks about signage and sucks for not building more trails. I got to the end of Grand Traverse and where it would be obvious to put a sign indicating direction to 2 Elk there was nothing. But pretty hard not to stay on the ridge so I continued along ridge past Elk Lodge and up to top of Imperial lift. At that point, like other non-signed portions of the trail you have to figure it out for yer ol' self and stay on ridge by getting on faint single track to the left just past top of lift. Starts to get amazing here. then you have to climb up over rockband, kind of pain in the ass, and then you're on a very sweet ridge. YOU ARE NOW ON the FRIGGING TOP and the singetrack that awaits you is just plain epic. Bear right down on a cut-over to 2 elk, about .75 mile, and it is all worth it, just hold on to the handlebars tight because for about half of this trail, if you fall to the left it is ER! whoa!!! highly recommended despite vail co.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trails on the north side of 70. Same LAME signage. thank goodness I got lost and rode a great trail totally by accident. vail co sucks.



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Review Date
August 25, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Vaughn , from Denver

Summary:
The section prior to the Vail ski area was fun and mostly rideable, but honestly the trail needs a loving chainsaw to remove blowdowns. Bikes and motor bikes are making a freeway up there in some sections. My original plan was to continue down the Two Elk out to Minturn because it is very sweet, but that day the helicopters were out logging, the day previous security had apparently arrested a bunch of protesters, and I didn't want to be turned around after descending 1500feet. Sooo, I hiked north to the hilltop looking down on the Vail back bowls. Ouch. From there dropped down the actual Commando Run, as designated by my Trails Illustrated Map, back to Vail. All Fireroad, a less appreciated option, when sweet Two Elk Singletrack was available. Not knowing the area well, I took the fireroad all the way back into Vail, but I'm sure a few of the turnoffs up there would have accessed a little more fulfilling singletrack back to the base. Odometer read 36 miles at trails end. In all, I was happy with the ride, but I'll probably not get around to retracing my steps when other sweet stuff is so nearby.

Recommended Route:
I wish I had thought of Karkus' trail route, a nice mostly dirt option. I parked in Vail, cruised up the paved Vail Bike Path to Vail Pass and the Shrine Pass road, then took the Two Elk trail as they had.



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Review Date
August 24, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Karkus , from Boulder, CO

Summary:
After about 10 miles on the road from Minturn to Redcliff, the uphill continues for another 7.5 miles on the Shrine Pass Road, where a left turn puts you on the Commando Run route. The singletrack is narrow and steep at times (a good test of your technical climbing skills). The sweet singletrack continues along the ridge, with a few opportunities for log hopping experts along the way. The 8 mile descent from Two Elk Pass starts out on a fun, narrow singletrack into the Vail backbowls, where the big, bad Vail Associates are cutting down trees to expand their evil empire, and the trail gets rerouted due to their destruction activities. Once they let you back on the trail, it becomes a bit more technical as you wind your way down to Minturn. Experienced trail riders will love this last section! (but "roadie boy" racers who like dirt crits should probably stay away). One of the best singletracks I've ridden in a while.

Recommended Route:
We did the Commando Run as a loop from Minturn to Redcliff to Shrine Pass road, then following the Commando Run route and going back down Two Elk trail to Minturn. About 30 miles total. (About 20 if you do a shuttle from Minturn to RedCliff)



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