11.3 miles
3,531 ft
-2,271 ft
2.1 miles
High Point

Two Elk Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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Typically referred to separately as Two Elk and Two Elk East, with the division at Two Elk Pass sign and the Bowman's Shortcut intersection. Two Elk via Bowman's is one of the areas best longer rides, shuttled by many via Shrine Pass Rd our of Red Cliff. Other good options to ride are up Mill Creek Rd from Vail, or ride the Vail Gondola for a boost, and acess via Grand Traverse Trail and mountain roads up past Chair 21 and the Poma. Ride goes through Vail's Back Bowls, and becomes moderately technical with rock gardens and hidden pedal strikers on Two Elk Creek past Chair 5. Drops you at the gun range in Minturn.

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More Stats for Two Elk mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,260 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.7 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7.9 miles
  • Distance down
    3.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    669 ft
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on Sep 22, 2015
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Two Elk Trail Reports

Sep 22, 2015 @ 10:39am
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag scottholmquist (Jul 13, 2016 at 19:09)
 Do not ride this trail from I-70 to Minturn. Made that mistake and it didn't turnout well
  • + 1
flag brodine VVMBA (Aug 2, 2016 at 11:51)
 Typical to set a shuttle or ride it from Vail via Mill Creek Rd or gondola
  • + 1
flag lubes17319 (Sep 25, 2016 at 11:31)
 I know of no one who rides this as posted. Take Bowman's Shortcut to top of ridge, hang a left, then stay off the brakes till you hit Minturn.

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