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Kinnickinnick

Intermediate
 3.0 (3)

An enjoyable romp through wildflowers below and technicolor green carpeted forest above.


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1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Point to Point

10,954' 3,339 m

High

10,203' 3,110 m

Low

758' 231 m

Up

7' 2 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the top of Gondola One at Mid-Vail, head downhill towards the 10th Restaurant. About 1/2 way to the restaurant, pick up the skinny path heading uphill towards the west. The initial 50 feet on the Kinnickinnick Trail have been re-routed to share with the beginning of the Meadows Loop Trail. Signs at the junction direct Kinnickinnick hikers southeast and behind the 10th Restaurant. The first half of Kinnickinnick criss-crosses many ski runs and remains fairly exposed through flowery meadows. Don't be put off by the occasional steep sections in the beginning, the trail eases considerably after crossing some adorable mountain streams.

Enter the woods for the relief of dense forested shade. Keep an eye out for mushrooms here in the fall and for scattered rock formations which make for fun scrambling. The smooth trail gains elevation gradually with gentle switchbacks, finally ending at a junction with the midpoint of Sunlight Trail.

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Megan W

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  3.0 from 3 votes

#8

in Vail Resort

#25100

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#8

in Vail Resort

#2,081

in Colorado

#25,100

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Pleasant stream to relax you on the ascent.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Up in the trees on the Kinnikinnick.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Abundant wildflowers complement views of the Gore Range
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Glorious Gore Range in the distance
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Pleasant does not begin to describe the Sunlight Trail
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Lower open slopes of Kinnickinnick trail pass through ski operations
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO

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Aug 5, 2018
Markus T
Jul 6, 2016
Kevin Harms
Trail starts in the open of the ski slopes and then proceeds under the trees. Great for the afternoon. Some fairly steep grades. 1.4mi — 0h 57m
Sep 20, 2015
Nick Wilder