9 miles
Distance
190 ft
Climb
-3,289 ft
Descent
00:52:12
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Two Elk Trail

Two Elk Details

  • Riding Area
    Vail
    Vail, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #17835 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Two Elk bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,098 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,919 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,019 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,019 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,922 ft
  • Grade
    -6.524%
  • Grade max
    -27.961%
  • Grade min
    15.83%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,046 ft
  • Avg time
    00:52:12
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Status:
on Jul 1, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Two Elk Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jul 1, 2018 @ 4:12am
      Jul 1, 2018
      Apr 6, 2018 @ 3:09pm
      Apr 6, 2018
      reporter Seasonal Closure from May 6th - June 30th
      Aug 13, 2017 @ 6:14pm
      Aug 13, 2017
      Jul 9, 2017 @ 8:21pm
      Jul 9, 2017
      Blown out corners at the top. Trail is better down low, but lots of vegatation that keeps the trail narrow.
      Jul 9, 2017 @ 8:21pm
      Jul 9, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 33 miles avg distance
      All
      • 7 rides
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      Two Elk, Eagle
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      Sep 1, 2018 @ 6:54pm
      Sep 1, 2018
      Two Elk, Eagle

      6 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
      [Reply]
      • + 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
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Jbama (Jul 19, 2017 at 16:22)
       I rode this in the direction posted and it was awful. Going the other way makes much more sense.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag mtbporru (Sep 6, 2017 at 15:41)
       Trying to bike the long tech descent that is two elks east. Do I climb bowmans shortcut or is there a better route if I am more of a dh'er than cross country rider?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag ark1965 (Sep 18, 2018 at 18:56)
       We rode this trail from the top of Vail pass, up Shrine Pass road to Bowman’s Shortcut, down Two Elk trail to Minturn. Ride time was about two hours and the descent was awesome!
      Be sure to have a shuttle plan and money for Barbeque in Minturn!
      [Reply]

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