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Berrypicker

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This heart-pumping extravaganza of wildflowers & views is popular workout for hikers & runners


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3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

10,302' 3,140 m

High

8,121' 2,475 m

Low

2,209' 673 m

Up

28' 8 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is the go-to trail for reaching the top of the Vail ski area under your own power during the non-snowy months. Berry Picker is more enjoyable than just plodding up or down the access roads, but much steeper.

Description

Pick up this trail from the base of the Lionshead gondola after crossing the huge skier bridge over Gore Creek. The trail starts as an eroded doubletrack slog straight up the east side of the Bwana ski run (under the Born Free lift) before turning into the woods and taking a slightly less steep approach. Don't be discouraged by this initial tough and unaesthetic start!

The first third of this trail is rooty and rocky, but the stream crossings and abundant early season wildflowers make up for the challenging trail surface. The trail switchbacks steeply over numerous ski runs and through mature aspen forest. Beware at trail junctions with service roads and downhill bike runs- other users can be descending quickly.

The middle forested section of Berry Picker feels denuded by recent tree thinning operations but its sparseness is quickly forgotten as the views of the Gore Range improve with the climb. The upper portion of this trail becomes more sunny and exposed, utilizing service roads to gain the Eagles Nest Ridge and gondola-top area. Recent construction has caused rerouting of the last bit of Berry Picker so that during some seasons it overlaps the end of the Fireweed Trails.

Enjoy the incredible views at the top, and either take the same trail back down, or ride the gondola if it's running (it's free to ride down!).

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for marmots on the rocks and stumps of the Bwana ski run. Using this trail spring, summer and fall will show you all the species of wildflower that Vail has to offer.

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Megan W

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  4.1 from 10 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#2355

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Photos

Fields of colorful wildflowers delight hikers
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Gore Range views improve towards the top of Berry Picker
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Gore Range views to the east are spectacular
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Valiant trail runner nearing the top of Berry Picker
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Easy trail surface
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Thin forest like this makes for good gladed skiing!
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO

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Oct 12, 2020
Evan Ferrante
Beautiful treed hike with some small babbling streams toward the beginning of the trail. Summit is somewhat disappointing. — 10h 00m
Sep 22, 2020
Mike Amolsch
Hard, beautiful aspens meadows hike waiting for Ce and mom, combined with strawberry - add to Sunday? Tennis shoes 3.1mi
Aug 28, 2020
Elsa Delgado
Aug 7, 2020
J J
Jul 26, 2020
Lucy R
Aug 30, 2019
Grant Elliott
14h 45m
Sep 2, 2018
Tasya Robbins
Aug 5, 2018
Joe Valley