Hiking is one of the Vail Valley’s most popular summer activities. It’s free, as easy or strenuous as you want to make it, and the views are unprecendented. There are many local maps of the marked trails in Vail, Colorado or take a guided nature hike with expert local guides for all ages and ability levels.
Ride the Vail chairlift or gondola up and hike around Vail Mountain or venture outside the Vail Valley to tackle one of Colorado’s famous fourteeners. Even though the altitude can take some getting used to, even for seasoned hikers, the Vail Valley has plenty of hiking trails for beginners, children, and elderly hikers.
Just make sure to pile on the sunscreen, prepare for high elevation, bring lots of water, and pack an extra layer for when the sun goes down.
EAGLE’S LOOP (Green)
Short ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross – 1 mile (1.6 km), 15-20 minutes
LOWER FIREWEED (Green)
Beautiful wooded trail between Eagle’s Nest and Mid-Vail – 1 mile (1.6 km), 30-40 minutes, loop with Upper Fireweed – 2.2 miles (3.5 km), 1 – 1.5 hours
Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle’s Nest to Vail Village or LionsHead, picnic at Minnie’s Deck along the way – 4.6 miles (7.4 km), 2-3 hours.
A wooded trail connecting Ridge Route at Wildwood and heads to Mid-Vail – 2 miles (3.2 km), 2 hours, combine with Ridge Route – 3.4 miles (5.5 km), 3.5-4 hours
PTARMIGAN LOOP (Blue)
Scenic trail through shaded woods connecting with Ridge Route at Wildwood to Ptarmigan Point and back – 1.2 miles (1.9 km), 30-40 minutes, loop with Ridge Route – 4 miles (4.2 km), 2.5-3 hours
RIDGE ROUTE (Blue)
Intermediate ridge climb from Eagle’s Nest to Wildwood and back with spectacular views – 2.8 miles (4.5km), 1.5-2 hours
Beautiful trail connecting Ridge Route and Kinnickinnick at Wildwood finishing at Patrol Headquarters – 1.5 miles (2.4 km), 1 hour, length with connecting trails varies – 3.5-4.5 miles (5.6-7.2 km), 2.5-3 hours
BAD SIMBA (Black)
Steep side trail formerly part of LionsHead Loop – .75 miles (1.2 km)