4.2 miles
Distance
1,167 ft
Climb
-968 ft
Descent
01:22:49
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Vail Pass
    Vail, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #48083 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #25416 in Trail Running
    • #67931 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking

Steep climbs and short rippin downhills through high alpine pine forest. The views are incredible. Not an easy trail so please be prepared to hike your bike. Used primarily as a connector to Two Elk.

Access from Shrine Pass Rd.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Bowmans Shortcut (1851) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    199 ft
  • Altitude min
    10,819 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,699 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,819 ft
  • Altitude end
    11,018 ft
  • Grade
    0.902%
  • Grade max
    -83.447%
  • Grade min
    74.943%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    602 ft
  • Avg time
    01:22:49
  • Avg reverse time
    01:43:11
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on Oct 22, 2023
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.65 (8 votes)
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      Bowmans Shortcut... Trail Reports

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      Oct 22, 2023 @ 2:50am
      Oct 22, 2023
      Patchy snow, possible with regular bike, some hiking
      Oct 19, 2023 @ 12:21pm
      Oct 19, 2023
      Deep snow. Impassable with a regular bike. Fat bike maybe
      Sep 16, 2023 @ 5:12am
      Sep 16, 2023
      Jul 12, 2023 @ 9:27am
      Jul 12, 2023
      reporter A couple of snow patches remaining. Trees cleared by VVMTA trail crew on 7/11
      Jul 9, 2023 @ 9:17am
      Jul 9, 2023
      About seven snow patches some you can ride through others you have to hike through/around. 5+/- trees down. Chainsaw required on most.
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