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Grand Traverse and Cougar Ridge Trail

Vail, Colorado

Grand Traverse and Cougar Ridge Trail

Grand Traverse and Cougar Ridge Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This ride incorporates the widely popular Grand Traverse Trail on Vail Mountain to access the more obscure Cougar Ridge Trail to the town of Minturn. Via Village Trail, riders get an overview of the Vail Ski Resort as the trail winds its mellow way from the base of the Vista Bahn express lift to the top of Eagle’s Nest.

From there, 2 miles along the Grand Traverse Trail deliver stellar views of the Sawatch Range and the Mount of the Holy Cross. After picking up the Cougar Ridge Trail, you are afforded a blasting descent to Minturn before connecting with US 24 and the Vail Bike Path back to your vehicle."

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Denver, CO
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6/16/2005
Make sure you do not do this ride too early in the season. Climbed to the top to begin Grand Traverse and it was snowed in! Climb was fun and downfill on fire road was sweet. Option - take the Vail mountain bike trails down the mountain after climbing to top
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The aptly named “Grand Traverse” crosses the rugged skyline at the head of Bighorn Canyon and is clearly visible from the town of Vail. The traverse takes in two peaks, unofficially known as North Traverse Peak (13,079 feet) and Grand Traverse Peak (13,041 feet). This route offers the opportunity to visit two of the most scenic canyons in the Gore Range. In the fall these canyons can be quite stunning with their aspen-laden hillsides."

Trail Information

Vail
Nearby City
21.0
Distance
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Dirt access road, paved road, paved bicycle path, and singletrack. Most of the terrain is smooth and nontechnical.
Terrain
Difficult
Skill Level
2-3.5 hours
Duration
July to October
Season
Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, 9 Stillwater, Edwards 81632; www.vvmba.org White River National Forest, 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs; (970) 945-2521; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Vail East, Vail West, Minturn, Red Cliff; Vail and Eagle Valley Mountain Biking and Recreation map by Latitude 40; Vail and Beaver Creek Summer Biking and Hiking maps; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 37 C-6, C-7, D-6, D-7.
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