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Wilder Gulch Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters) approximate
Ending Elevation: 11,500 Feet (3584.8 Meters) approximate
Length: 3.0 Miles (4.8 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 75
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Vail Pass




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General Description

The Wilder Gulch Trail is located west of Copper Mountain. It climbs up Wilder Gulch from the Vail Pass Recreation Trail toward Ptarmigan Pass. From the base of the Wilder Gulch Trail at the Vail Pass Recreation Trail, travel south up the valley away from the interstate. The trail climbs continuously as it parallels the stream where numerous beaver ponds are found. After 2.3 miles the trail swings to the right and ends on a dirt road, which winds up to Ptarmigan Pass at the head of the valley. Ptarmigan Pass offers a good view of the Sawatch Range and the west side of the Gore Range.

The area is closed to motorized vehicles in the summer, but snowmobiles do use the area in the winter. Numerous 4 WD roads exist after reaching the top of Wilder Gulch.

Directions from Silverthorne: Head west on I-70 toward Vail. Take the Shrine Pass exit #190, near the summit of Vail Pass. Cross over the interstate and park in the large parking area. Hikers can follow the Vail Pass Recreation Trail (a paved bicycle trail) to Wilder Gulch. Cross through the tunnel under the interstate which is just south and east, and follow the Recreation Trail to just before the stream crossing. Hike under the interstate bridge to the trail.

Directions from Vail: Go 14 miles east on I-70 to exit #190, near the summit of Vail Pass. Turn right and park in the large parking area. Hikers can follow the Vail Pass Recreation Trail (a paved bicycle trail) to Wilder Gulch. Cross through the tunnel under the interstate which is just south and east, and follow the Recreation Trail to just before the stream crossing. Hike under the interstate bridge to the trail.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Go 23 miles east on I-70 to exit #190, near the summit of Vail Pass. Turn right and park in the large parking area. Hikers can follow the Vail Pass Recreation Trail (a paved bicycle trail) to Wilder Gulch. Cross through the tunnel under the interstate which is just south and east, and follow the Recreation Trail to just before the stream crossing. Hike under the interstate bridge to the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:18:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Wilder Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Wilder Gulch Trail is recommended for horse use.



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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