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    Vail, CO

    Spent some time in Vail last week for a family party. Staying right in the resort village gave us great riding options. Summer in the Colorado mountains really can't be beat and it was nice to ride a bunch of new to us trails.

    Prior to staying up there we had only done the Two Elks trail in the back bowls of the resort, which is a great ride. However, there are some really nice trails in the Vail Valley, that gain quite a bit of elevation.

    All in we ended up putting in 80 miles and 12,200 feet of climbing in 4 days....my legs were feeling it.

    Red Sandstone Road > Lost Lake > Buffehr Trail > North Trail












    Red Sandstone Road > Son of a Middle Creek








    Lion Down (up the resort) > Grand Traverse > Two Elk




















    Yeah....

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    Home sweet home....we do have the goods.

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    So nice... makes me want to head up there one of these weekends.

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    Beautiful landscape. Looks like you had an incredible vacation
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    Wow. Well done. I live 90 minutes away and you've given me some new ideas for trails to explore. What was the mileage on the Grand Traverse/ Two Elk day? I love that area.

    Oh- and where are you from?
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    Great pics - thanks for sharing! I too live nearby (Front Range) and I've only done the Two Elks trail, and that only once. But I'm headed up there just for the day in a couple of weekends - my wife is vending at the farmer's market, and I'm taking my mtb. Thanks for the stoke! Looks like my kind of trails - narrow and buff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    Wow. Well done. I live 90 minutes away and you've given me some new ideas for trails to explore. What was the mileage on the Grand Traverse/ Two Elk day? I love that area.

    Oh- and where are you from?
    Two Elk ended up being 32 miles including the bike path from Minturn to Vail (4,300 feet of climbing).

    We live in Golden....

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    Sweet. It sounded like you were from outta state.

    Do you have a ride/ Strava/ GPX file/ link you could share for that ride? Typically do 2 Elk as either a shuttle or as a loop via Game Creek- that looks like another fun option...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    Sweet. It sounded like you were from outta state.

    Do you have a ride/ Strava/ GPX file/ link you could share for that ride? Typically do 2 Elk as either a shuttle or as a loop via Game Creek- that looks like another fun option...
    Two Elks (Vail) by steadyflow at Garmin Connect - Details

    The climb up Vail is primarily service road...so going from Minturn via Game Creek or Cougar Ridge might be preferable for more trail. I haven't done either from Minturn so have no idea what those trails are like.

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    I'll be heading to Colorado next week for a visit with my new granddaughter, and I'm taking my bike for some rides. Your photos have gotten me all fired up and ready to go!

    Thanks!

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    Nice! I need to get up there. Thanks for the post.

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    Beautiful trails, thanks for the pictures. I did "something" off Red Sandstone years ago that dropped down to the frontage ride, nice quick ride, then we checked out the oompah band and a big beer.
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    Great Stuff. Thanks for the high country stoke.
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    You missed Meadow Mountain . You missed the most beautiful ride in Vail.

    Next time for sure. I didn't get up there this year. Oh, and lost lake rocks!

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    Awesome pics - thanks! Wide open vistas and buff trails, we don't see much of that in rocky rooty Appalachian Virginia.

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    Colorado is an awesome state - just got back from my vacation to Fruita 2 days ago. Got to hit up Crested Butte and the 401 trail which was a blast.

    We didn't get to ride Vail but did stop at The Little Diner in town for breakfast on the way west - best omelette, hash browns, and pancakes you could ever hope to put in your mouth. highly recommended for any breakfast fanatics out there who happen to be in the area.
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