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Two-Elk Trail (off I-70)

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Pavement ride from Vail to trailhead. Maybe 8-9 miles or so. Very gnarly singletrack climb once you pass under I-70. Many roots and off chamber riding. This trail is good only from July to early September. Once you're on top, there are several options. 1)Take a right and go to the top of Benchmark for a 3,500 vertical 13 mile descent down Mill Creek Road (double track). 2)Continue going west and keep riding Two Elk trail into Minturn. 3) Go north up Commando Run to Shrine Pass Road.Or, 4) Continue going west and instead of diving into the Ravine that is Two Elk trail, bear right and climb out via the China Bowl service road descending through one of many Vail Mtn trails.
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Latitude
39.61468103631422
Longitude
-106.27856254577637
Trail Directions
From the town of Vail ride the bike path through the Golf Course to East Vail. Join up with the old Vail Pass road and begin climbing. You'll pass a gate on Vail Pass road where no cars are allowed. Keep climbing to the point where you see a trail head on your right. This singletrack trail will dive into the Ravine and pass underneath I-70. Parrellel the creek and begin climbing up. Complete your climb at the top where Two-Elk trail intersects Commando Run.
Trail Length
up to 30 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Vail
   


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Review Date
July 15, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: G Harp ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Please understand this is a very technical ride with lots of potential for going over your handle bars. I enjoyed the ride very much but if you are not a 7 or above on a scale of a 1-10 in terms of mtn biking skills don't even think about attempting this ride unless you want to get injured. The last 4 miles down into minturn are true singletrack with many technical spots and chances to fall 50+ft down into a river and truly injur yourself. I consider myself an average mtn biker and this trail was way above my pay grade...so fair warning for all you weekend riders....plan to wear lots of body armour or take a trip to the hospital....



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Review Date
September 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dludwick ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Aggressive, tough single track track trail with grand views, pleasant flows, and technical narrow peddling.

Recommended Route:
From the top of Vail Pass there's about 3 miles of well maintained dirt road. Turn right at Bowmans Shortcut and it's another 4 miles of rutty, rocky, all around aggressive uphill that pay's out a spectacular view Holy Cross territory to the south and the sky piercing Gore Range to the north; this is the top of Battle Mountain. From here it's initially downhill to the back bowls of Vail Ski Resort where you get the smooth and flowy single track. But then you dump into the narrow valley that is Two Elk Trail. This part of the trail follows Two Elk creek down into Minturn. From here it's very technical riding. Drop offs, rocks, chainring grinders, roots; very fun if you have the patients for this kind of riding.
I'd recommend shuttling this ride unless you want to attempt riding up that crap. I wouldn't.



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Review Date
July 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Matt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
One of the best rides in CO. Did it as an out and back last year which makes for a loooong climb back out of those bowls (can you say implosion!). The single track is as good as it gets, handle bar high grass/meadow sweeping back and forth for miles and miles through Vail's beautiful back bowls. Not many peeps back there either, except for the guy w his 22lb hardtail and super light (by then taco'd wheel) carrying his bike. Do it if you can, shuttle it if not sure about almost 6000 ft of total climbing, yup its a ball buster as an o&b! Could be a worthy shuttle if connected with Meadow Mtn ride and leave car at Battle Mtn HS. Due to ridiculous snow this year prolly still wet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
searle/kokomo pass,



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Review Date
June 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: frickinGUY ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
not a lot of reviews here so i'm going to add my two cents. rode this trail september 2010. holy baby jeebus! steep ups and downs on commando. rooty, rocky, and lots of fun up top with excruciatingly steep but short climbs up. the trail opens up to killer views up top. the descent down two elk to minturn starts off flowy, smooth, and sinewy. that all ends fairly quickly and turns into babyhead central. watch yourself on the bottom. big rocks pop out of the side, are on the trail at points making it unrideable, and babyheads (lots of em). the rocks are prevalent enough it destroys the flow of the trail making it pretty annoying.

the scenery on commando/bowmans is breathtaking and worth the ride alone. two elk is kind of ....meh. not my fave but entertaining. if they would clean it up to help the flow it would make for a killer 4k ft descent making it an epic ride in my opinion.

Recommended Route:
up shrine pass to bowmans shortcut aka commando run down two elk to minturn.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
i think next time i'd ride commando to top of vail mtn then poach into vail resort's DH tracks.



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Review Date
October 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Radekal ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fall Epic. 36 miles. Nobody there. Great singletrack downhill in mid September and want to go back for wild flowers in late July

Recommended Route:
Wanted to make this a loop. Started at Vail Pass rest area and headed up road to Shrine Pass and over to Lime Creek junction for Commando Run via Bowman's Shortcut. Good singletrack winding climb with not a lot of hiking even for me being a single speeder. Map made it look worse. Great views up top to junction of Two Elk. This starts the descent into the back bowls of Vail and continueing on into the very techincal drainage coming out above Minturn. Hooked a left and followed the railroad tracks to the road bridge and then up the road to Redcliff. If it wasn't raining would have had a beer at Mango's but headed up Shrine Pass for the 11 mile grind back to the vehicle.



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