Vail, Colo. – Hiking and biking are two of the most popular summer activities in the High Country and this summer Vail is launching new resources to make exploring the area on two feet or two wheels much easier. The Vail Hike & Bike app for Android and Apple users now is available in the iTunes store to provide travelers with mobile access to more than a dozen trails in the area. The resort also is producing a new community-wide trail map that includes both hiking and biking trails on Vail Mountain and the surrounding national forest.
A network of trails is available from East Vail to West Vail and on Vail Mountain that provide picturesque hiking along mountain streams, past waterfalls, through aspen forests and much more. There is something for everyone with hikes ranging from easy paved gradual trails to difficult uphill hikes. The new mobile application and community-wide hiking map are designed to give outdoor enthusiasts a snapshot of some of the most popular hiking and biking trails in Vail.
“Hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in Vail,” said Susie Tjossem, Vail Town Council representative. “Hiking is an easily accessible activity for most anyone. People can wander along the Gore Creek trail or try a more challenging route in the backcountry. We developed these two resources to make it easy for our guests to access some of the amazing trails we have throughout Vail.”
The Vail Hike & Bike app highlights more than a dozen trails in the surrounding national forest and on Vail Mountain. Outdoor enthusiasts can select trails based on their ability level. The trails on the app are rated Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Most Difficult with icons mirroring those found on ski trail maps such as the green circle, blue square and black diamond. Users can click through to a particular trail to find extensive information such as length, beginning and ending elevation, elevation gain, a description of the trail and directions to access the trailhead. A link also is provided to a view of the trail on a topographic map.
Some of the popular hiking trails highlighted on the app include:
- Gore Creek Trail (easy) – This iconic hike through Vail follows the Gore Creek from East to West Vail. The nearly 8-mile (one way) paved trail takes people through the Vail Golf Course, near the Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, through the heart of Vail Village and Lionshead, then down toward Donovan Pavilion into West Vail.
- Booth Creek Trail (moderate) – This trail provides guests with a spectacular site at the end – the 60-foot Booth Falls. The nearly 5-mile (one way) hike winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers.
- Bighorn Creek Trail (most difficult) – Hikers looking for some challenging elevation gain might select the Bighorn Creek Trail, which climbs steeply out of the Vail Valley. The trail passes beaver ponds and the remains of old mining camps as well as Bighorn Falls.
Mountain biking trails highlighted on the new app include:
- Cubs Way (easy) – Located on Vail Mountain, Cub’s way is a 1.5-mile gravel road allowing for a gradual uphill climb or an enjoyable downhill adventure.
- Grand Traverse (moderate) – Grand Traverse is Vail Mountain’s signature mountain biking trail that crosses the Back Bowls. The trail starts out easy and becomes more challenging. It can be accessed from Adventure Ridge at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola or via the Wildwood connector.
- Onza Alley (difficult) – This Vail Mountain trail is a 4-mile loop with single track, a 4x4 road, steep descent and a 1,000-foot climb.
The Vail Hike & Bike app is meant to be a general guide with instructions and directions to the areas and does not provide GPS coordinates for locations on the mountains.
For more information on the Vail Hike & Bike app, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application by visiting the iTunes store - http://itunes.apple.com/app/vail-hike-bike/id530483686?ign-mpt=uo%3D6&mt=8
The Vail Hike & Bike app is developed in conjunction with the Town of Vail. The new hiking trail map will debut mid-June and includes many of the trails and information found on the mobile application. The trail map also includes frequently asked questions about hiking in the high country such as rules for hiking with dogs, footwear, hydration, what to pack and more. Information on public transportation to trailheads also is provided on the new map. The trail map will be available at the Vail Mountain ticket offices, Lionshead Welcome Center and select retail outlets and lodging properties.
There’s no place in the high country like Vail in the summertime. Located just two hours West of Denver, Vail’s fresh air, rugged beauty and charming pedestrian village await visitors. Discover a quaint mountain town where outdoor activities abound and the cultural arts flourish. This summer guests can experience the Vail Jazz Festival, Vail International Festival of Dance, BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival, as well as outdoor pursuits like the Cannondale Gran Fondo, Tour of Vail, KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race and much more.
For more information on events, lodging and activities in Vail this summer, please visit vail.com.