Grand Traverse - Vail, CO - The Jewel of Vail Mountain and scenic mountain biking trail


Grand Traverse is a trail around Vail Mountain near Vail, Colorado that locals and mountain bikers refer to as the jewel of the mountain. The rolling trail provides beautiful views of the Back Bowls near Vail and runs well over five miles. The trail begins on easy terrain and for about 1.5 miles the ride is smooth and less strenuous. After the 1.5 mile mark the trail becomes more difficult. The trail is accessed from the Eagle's Nest and at a connector at Wildwood.

At the start of the popular Grand Traverse trail the skill level required is technically easy to moderate but becomes more physically challenging as the trail continues. The trail is open from July to October depending on the winter weather conditions.

Along the Grand Traverse are stunning views of the Sawatch Range and the Mount of the Holy Cross. The scenery is beautiful and what draws riders in from all over Colorado and beyond. The trail can be combined with a ride along the Cougar Ridge Trail for a 21 mile ride. The trail type is a loop and recommended for intermediate and advanced riders only. The trailhead elevation is approximately 8,300 feet and reaches up to 10,800 feet at the top.

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