7.5 miles
Distance
-2,955 ft
Descent
01:11:10
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Two Elk Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • 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
    #49154 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner

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.

Disclaimer

This trail is subject to a USFS seasonal wildlife closure from 5/15 - 6/30 to protect deer and elk during calving season

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Two Elk multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,957 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,029 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,986 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,986 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,028 ft
  • Grade
    -7.5%
  • Grade max
    -37.3%
  • Grade min
    -0.4%
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    131 ft
  • Avg time
    01:11:10
  • Avg reverse time
    03:03:46
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on Jul 4, 2023
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.8 (11 votes)
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      Two Elk Trail Reports

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      Jul 4, 2023 @ 5:34pm
      Jul 4, 2023
      reporter All clear from two elk pass to Min'urn! Bowman's Shortcut is definitely still snowy and so is Mill Creek. Ride it from Grand Traverse
      Jun 29, 2023 @ 7:57am
      Jun 29, 2023
      reporter Satellite image from CalTopo's Sentinal layer on 6/29/23...LOTS OF SNOW!
      May 15, 2023 @ 12:01am
      May 15, 2023
      reporter Seasonally closed 5/15 - 6/30 to protect deer and elk during calving season
      Oct 26, 2022 @ 12:25pm
      Oct 26, 2022
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      Aug 13, 2022 @ 8:33am
      Aug 13, 2022
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