9 miles
Distance
190 ft
Climb
-3,243 ft
Descent
01:14:02
Avg time
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Two Elk Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Vail
    , Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #17835 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 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.

More Stats for Two Elk bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,053 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,949 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,019 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,019 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,967 ft
  • Grade
    -6.654%
  • Grade max
    -27.961%
  • Grade min
    15.83%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,046 ft
  • Avg time
    01:14:02
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Status:
on Aug 31, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Two Elk Trail Reports

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      Aug 31, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Aug 31, 2019
      Dusty and easy to wash out at high speed during the first half of the descent. Growth is pretty tall so watch out for rocks on trailside that you...
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 6:29am
      Jul 15, 2019
      Clear from Two Elk Pass west to Minturn. Snow persists on Two elk east.
      Jul 2, 2019 @ 6:39am
      Jul 2, 2019
      reporter
      May 17, 2019 @ 7:18pm
      May 17, 2019
      Jul 1, 2018 @ 4:12am
      Jul 1, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 29 rides
      • 25 miles avg distance
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      • 7 rides
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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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]
      • + 3
      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]
      • + 1
      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]
      • + 0
      flag m-t-g (Jul 11, 2019 at 11:52)
       IMO, the Two Elks descent is over rated. Maybe if you ride it when the grass is short, it would be better, but there were many sniper rocks concealed by tall grass when I rode it. That made me go about half as fast as the trail warranted if you could actually see the pedal removing rocks.
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag nyles (Aug 15, 2019 at 20:30)
       ^gotta ride it in the fall when the plants are dead
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Adamt19 (Aug 31, 2019 at 19:10)
       A bit dusty right now but absolutely beautiful and lots of fun. Highly recommend the gran traverse to two elk connector route.
      [Reply]

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