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Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking and Backpacking

HIKING & BACKPACKING

Vail summer activities offer miles of scenic hiking trails for all ability levels. Explore the wildflowers, catch a glimpse of wildlife, and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Vail Mountain offers numerous hiking trails to be explored, both by foot or by Gondola.

Your Guide

For more information download a PDF of the Vail Hiking Guide.
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VAIL TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

 
Discover stories about native animals, plans and the environment and explore their abilities along Vail Mountain hiking trails. 
 
Eagle’s Loop  
  • Short ridgetop loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km), 15–20 minutes
Fireweed  
  • Beautiful wooded trail between Eagle's Nest (Eagle Bahn Gondola) and Mid-Vail (Gondola One). 1 mile (1.6 km), 30–40 minutes, one way.
 
HIKING TRAILS
 
Berrypicker  
  • This intermediate trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle's Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 3.2 miles (5.1 km), 2–3 hours one way
Grand Escape  
  • This trail offers an alternative hiking experience with spectacular views. 1.1 miles (1.7 km), 1.5–2 hours one way. Connecting Eagle's Nest to Wildwood. 
Ptarmigan Loop 
  • Scenic trail through shaded woods connecting with Kinnickinnick at Wildwood to Ptarmigan Point and back. 1.2 miles (1.9 km), 30–40 minutes.
Sunlight
  • Beautiful trail connecting Wildwood to Patrol Headquarters. .75 miles (1.2 km), 30 minutes, one way.
Ridge Route  
  • Intermediate ridge climb from Adventure Ridge to Wildwood and back with spectacular views. 1.4 miles (2.3 km), 1.5–2 hours one way.

Hiking Trails Surrounding Vail

A few beautiful hikes in National Forest Service land that are close to Vail are listed below.  Most are easily accessible through the free bus system.  For more information call the U.S. Forest Service 970-827-5715 or visit the White River National Forest hiking trails website.
 
East Vail Area Hikes
  • Bighorn Creek
  • Booth Creek
  • Deluge Lake
  • Gore Creek
  • Pitkin Creek

North Trail Sections
  • Cortina Lane to Buffehr Creek
  • Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone
  • Red Sandstone to Son of Middle Creek
  • Trappers Run

Red Sandstone Road Acessed Hikes (Not on free bus route, require short drive up Red Sandstone Rd.)
  • Upper Piney River
  • Lost Lake