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Vail Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Once you find the post you'll probably be walking your bike up until it is rideable. The trail is pristine single track and in some areas unrideable. This is probably one of the best short exercises in bike handling and a great warm up for a climb up vail mtn. There are areas on this trail where the flowers and Columbines in particular are stunning. It also make a good technical cross country ski trail but it crosses a few avalanche areas. This is truly an unknown gem and I shouldn't tell you about it, but you're probably a Heidi and won't try it anyway.
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Trail Directions
Go to the clubhouse at Vail's golf course. The entrance to the trail is south just past the club house parking lot and a post marks the Vail trail just off of Sunburst drive. At this post climb due south up the hill on the faint single track. It spits you out just above Golden Peak on the Vail downhill course
Trail Length
1.5 miles
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Review Date
June 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Peter D. , from Denver CO

A great warm-up trail for getting to vail mountain. Can definitely be tricky with over growth covering many obstacles. It may be short but the technical aspects make up for the length.

Recommended Route:
Starting at clubhouse, finishing at gold peak. Or Gold Peak to clubhouse. Either route provides many challenges for the seasoned rider.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lost lake loop

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Review Date
June 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Del Sharp , from Vail, CO

This is a great ride because you have a chance to recover from lung busting climbs since the trail is a traverse. You can really push your limits because recovery is only a few feet away. It takes me about 15 minutes to reach the end, but I don't make the descent down toward the golf course parking area because I'm not interested in carrying my bike back up. There are a number (five, I think) of tight switchbacks. On a good day, I can make it up one, or two. This trail offers many different types of technical challenges from switchbacks (up and down), big rocks, a log, water crossing, etc. Remember, though, you may encounter an occasional hiker (who will most likely express surprise that a biker can ride a trail they are finding a challenge to walk!)so, be courteous and try not to scare them. We want to keep our trail access!

Recommended Route:
This one of my favorite "quick rides" however, I start from the other end. Head for Gold Peak at Vail; take the bike path between chair six and the children's center (east). The trail access is being rerouted along the rope tow. The trail becomes clear right as you pass the end of the rope tow - get ready to hammer! As you crest that first swithback climb you will have a few feet to recover before hitting a very tight switchback that will send you toward a footbridge on the Vail Trail.

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