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Quick Facts

Vail Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,700 Feet (2712.0 Meters) in East Vail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,900 Feet (592.3 Meters) from East Vail to Vail Pass summit
Ending Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters) in Copper Mountain
High Point: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters) at Vail Pass summit
Length, One-way: 15 Miles (25.0 Kilometers) from East Vail to Copper Mountain
Ti Topo Maps: #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
USGS Maps: Redcliff; Vail Pass; Frisco




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General Description

INTRODUCTION

A designated National Scenic Trail, Vail Pass Trail offers many panoramic views of the Gore Range. Vail Pass Trail links to Tenmile Canyon Trail at Copper Mountain. The trail is paved and approximately seven feet wide.

The trail is designed for multipurpose recreation including: family activities, running, and bicycling. It also serves as an access point for fishermen and hunters.

Cooperative engineering work was done in it's planning stage between the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Highway Department. The Highway Department maintains most of the trail.

It should be remembered that the trail is designed for multi-use recreation. We ask that safety be stressed when using the trail. Bicycles may loose control quickly, with the many steep grades and tight corners. The difficulty in many portions of the trail may demand good physical shape for bicyclists.

Directions from Vail: Travel east on I-70 approximately 4 miles to exit 180, the East Vail exit. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto a frontage road. Follow the frontage road to the road closure gate, approximately 2 miles. This is the start of Vail Pass Trail.To access the trail at the top of Vail Pass, follow I-70 east to the Vail Pass exit. Park at the rest area and follow the frontage road to Black Lakes. The Frontage Road turns into the bike path. Vail, Frisco, or Glenwood can be accessed from this point. The trail can also be accessed from bicycle paths in the town of Vail or from Copper Mountain.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel east on I-70 to the east Vail exit, (#180). Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto a frontage road. Follow the frontage road to the road closure gate, approximately 2 miles. This is the start of Vail Pass Trail.To access the trail at the top of Vail Pass, follow I-70 east to the Vail Pass exit. Park at the rest area and follow the frontage road to Black Lakes. The Frontage Road turns into the bike path. Vail, Frisco, or Glenwood can be accessed from this point. The trail can also be accessed from bicycle paths in the town of Vail or from Copper Mountain.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather and snow depth. The trail is not maintained in the Winter months) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN. Clear and dry. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:29:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Road Biking
Yes



Related Activities
Gore Creek Campground - This campground sits along Gore Creek, just east of Vail, at an elevation of 8700 feet.

Gore Creek General Forest Area - The Gore Creek General Forest Area includes the entire Gore Creek drainage, which runs from Dowd's Junction to Vail Pass and the Gore Range.

Heaton Bay Campground - Heaton Bay Campground has 72 sites. It is located between Dillon and Frisco on Dillon reservoir. Heaton Bay has one handicapped accessible site.

Shrine Pass Road - The Shrine Pass Road is an improved gravel road which runs from Redcliff, over Shrine Pass, to the top of Vail Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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