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A traverse above Game Creek Bowl affording great views of the Holy Cross wilderness.


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1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

10,981' 3,347 m

High

10,317' 3,145 m

Low

664' 202 m

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9%

Avg Grade (5°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

This popular trail is a little tricky to find the first time- head south from the Eagles Nest gondola area towards ski signs for Game Creek. Shortly, at a junction of many service roads coming from the Eagles Nest Ridge, find the Grand Traverse bike trail signs. Pass Grand Traverse and keep heading up the service road/ridge for another 20 yards until reaching the trail marker for the Ridge Route.

Ridge Route initially parallels the Grand Traverse trail but gradually veers away, crossing ski runs, wildflower meadows and shady groves. The trail surface is generally packed dirt and wide, although a couple of short sections of off-camber or eroded trail do exist. The trail intersects with Ptarmigan Loop near the top but officially ends at the summit of Game Creek bowl with your choice of either switchbacking to the top of the Wildwood ski lift or bushwhacking a few feet up to the Game Creek ski lift.

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Megan W

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 3 votes

#8

in Vail Resort

#26637

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#8

in Vail Resort

#2,160

in Colorado

#26,637

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This kind of beauty is par for the course on the Ridge Route trail
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Huge wildflower meadows delight hikers on Vail's Ridge Route
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
View of Mt. of the Holy Cross from the Ridge Route.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Summertime revegetation work at the top of Wildwood
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Views west down into Game Creek Bowl
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Ridge Route crosses multiple ski runs as it ascends
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO

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Aug 5, 2019
Paul Wilson
Beautiful views! 1.2mi — 15h 10m
Jul 7, 2016
Kevin Harms
Some stepper grades that will test your knees on the descent. 1.4mi — 0h 35m
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