Vail Mountain Activities
One of the Vail Valley's most popular summer activities. It's free, as easy or strenuous as you want to make it, and the views are unprecendented. Hiking trail maps, available at the Vail Spa Front Desk, will guide you along marked trails, or take a guided nature hike with a local expert - great for all ages and ability levels.
Ride the Vail or Lionshead gondola up and hike around Vail Mountain or venture outside the Vail Valley to tackle one of Colorado's famous fourteeners. Even though the altitude can take some getting used to, the Vail Valley has trails for beginners, children, and elderly hikers.
Be sure to pile on the sunscreen, bring lots of water, and pack an extra layer for when the sun goes down.
Vail Mountain Hiking Trails:
- Eagle's Loop: Green-- Short ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross - 1 mile (1.6 km), 15-20 minutes
- Lower Fireweed: Green-- Beautiful wooded trail between Eagle's Nest and Mid-Vail - 1 mile (1.6 km), 30-40 minutes, loop with Upper Fireweed - 2.2 miles (3.5 km), 1 - 1.5 hours
- BerryPicker: Blue-- Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle's Nest to Vail Village or LionsHead, picnic at Minnie's Deck along the way - 4.6 miles (7.4 km), 2-3 hours.
- Kinnickinnick: Blue -- A wooded trail connecting Ridge Route at Wildwood and heads to Mid-Vail - 2 miles (3.2 km), 2 hours, combine with Ridge Route - 3.4 miles (5.5 km), 3.5-4 hours
- Ptarmigan Loop: Blue -- Scenic trail through shaded woods connecting with Ridge Route at Wildwood to Ptarmigan Point and back - 1.2 miles (1.9 km), 30-40 minutes, loop with Ridge Route - 4 miles (4.2 km), 2.5-3 hours
- Ridge Route: Blue -- Intermediate ridge climb from Eagle's Nest to Wildwood and back with spectacular views - 2.8 miles (4.5km), 1.5-2 hours
- Sunlight: Blue -- Beautiful trail connecting Ridge Route and Kinnickinnick at Wildwood finishing at Patrol Headquarters - 1.5 miles (2.4 km), 1 hour, length with connecting trails varies - 3.5-4.5 miles (5.6-7.2 km), 2.5-3 hours
- Bad Simba: Black -- Steep side trail formerly part of LionsHead Loop - .75 miles (1.2 km)
Colorado offers some of the best mountain biking in the country, with trails for first time riders up to expert mountain bikers. The amazing Vail scenery and Colorado sunshine make this summer activity a favorite for tourists and locals alike.
Vail has hosted two Mountain Bike World Championships and offers some of the most interesting and challenging trails around.
Families enjoy riding the gondola or chairlift and exploring the forest on bike. Add a mountain-top picnic as part of your daytime Colorado adventure!
Vail hosts a plethora of bike shops with experienced technicians available to set you up with the appropriate gear to rent or buy.
Vail Mountain Bike Trails include:
Eagle's Loop: Green. Great for the beginner biker with scenic vistas and access from the Eagle Bahn Gondola - 1 mile (1.6 km)
Upper Fireweed: Green. A beautiful bike trail for beginners from Adventure Ridge to Mid-Vail - 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Cub's Way: Green. Gravel road connecting Fred's Lunch to Lion Down - 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Village Trail: Green. Longest and most pleasant route on the mountain - a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent - 7 miles (11.3 km)
Gitalong Road: Blue - due to high traffic. An alternative to Village Trail with a pleasant winding gravel road most of the way - 5 miles (8 km)
Fred's Lunch: Blue. An alternating single and double track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views - 3.2 miles (4.8 km)
Grand Traverse: Blue. Vail's signature trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector - 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
South 6 Escape: Blue. This single track off Village Trail is a challenging option for intermediate bikers - .75 miles (1.2 km)
Lion Down: Blue. Downhill all the way from Adventure Ridge on this beautiful, winding single track through groves of Aspen trees - 6 miles (9.7 km)
Mid-Vail Escape: Black. Challenging single and double track that takes you from the top of Kloser's Klimb to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range - 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
Kloser's Klimb: Black. A grueling 1,000 foot climb from Adventure Ridge to Patrol Headquarters - 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
Onza Alley: Black. Most difficult loop with single track, 4x4 roads, steep descents and a 1,000 foot climb - 4 miles (6.6 km)
The following are downhill trails for advanced to expert riders:
- Magic Forest: Black. Starts at Adventure Ridge and works its way down to Cubs Way. This single- track winds its way through the woods with several drop-offs and challenging terrain features- 1.2 miles (1.9km)
- Mane Lane: Black. Formerly part of the Lionshead Loop, this is a steep single track which can be used as a side route on Lion Down- 0.6 miles (1km)
- PMT: Double Black: Steep rhythmical single- track with some technical elements - 1.2 (1.9km)
- Old Nine Line: Double Black. Very steep and technical with varied terrain and lots of rhythm. Downhill gear necessary- 0.75 miles (1.25km)
- '94 Downhill: Double Black. The 1994 World Cup Dodwnhill race course is a difficult, steep and technical single-track, Experts only- 3.8miles (6.1km)
Visit Vail Velo, a local organization dedicated to providing up to date information on road and mountain biking in the Vail Valley.
Summer mountain bike camps are available for riders of all ages and abilities! Visit Vail Mountain Bike Camps homepage to find out information on summer camps. Participants learn the basics of mountain biking, safety, and bike maintenance while making new friends all in the beautiful Colorado wilderness.
Vail runs the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village and Gondola One out of Vail Village during the summer months. The gondola takes you to Eagle's Nest where guests can enjoy dining, Adventure Ridge, a frisbee golf course, hiking, and biking trails. Gondola One takes guests to mid-Vail for a variety of hiking and biking trails.
A scenic pass is good for unlimited rides for the day. All next year's season passholders get Free Scenic Rides.