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An adventurous and scenic route with awesome views and excellent new trail updates.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Point to Point

10,674' 3,253 m

High

8,211' 2,503 m

Low

2,532' 772 m

Up

69' 21 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

This trail was rebuilt (through October 2020) and is MUCH better than it used to be!

Description

This trail can be enjoyed in a number of ways. The first and probably most popular way is to start from the bottom of the Game Creek Trail in Minturn, turn onto the Cougar Ridge Trail after about .4 miles, and continue to hike up until you reach a very scenic overlook which offers a view of the whole Minturn valley. You can then return back down the way you came. Another option is to hike this trail from the bottom to the top and connect into the Grand Traverse trail which accesses Vail Mountain. From there you can take a number of different routes. Lastly, if you prefer walking downhill, you can take the gondola from Vail up to Eagle's Nest where the Grand Traverse trail begins. You can take the Grand Traverse trail to Cougar Ridge and then walk all the way down to Minturn and find your way back to Vail. No matter which way you choose to enjoy this trail it offers beautiful views, and nice forests. Be on the lookout as mountain bikers use this trail often in the downhill direction, and can be moving quickly at certain parts of the trail. Keep your head up and your headphones out.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#10170

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Trail Rankings

#3

in Vail Resort

#848

in Colorado

#10,170

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Photos

A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
the last bit of easy trail before the descent turns considerably steeper and rockier.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Highway 24 and the Minturn valley far below.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
At this point, the trail alternates between nice singletrack (like this) and severely rutted and rocky terrain.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Yer gonna die!  Well, probably not, but a stern warning from Vail resort anyways...  This is where Cougar Ridge Trail branches off of Grand Traverse.
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO
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Jun 28, 2021
stephen sklarow
great trail. newly retreaded. even greater for bikes 7.9mi — 4h 07m
Aug 4, 2018
Sara Cornwell
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