Vail Mountain Hiking

Nothing soothes the soul like a mountain hike in the divine outdoors.  Take in the awe-inspiring beauty, reduce stress, or simply clear your head…nothing compares to a Vail mountain hike in the summer, and luckily, dozens of hiking trails can be found in Vail, Colorado.  Hiking is healthy, it’s FREE, and just about everyone can enjoy it.  All you need is a good pair of hiking boots, a backpack and you’re good to go.  So get out and rediscover nature this summer… you may just find you’ve rediscovered yourself! 

Here’s a list of the best trails in Vail for your hiking pleasure...

Eagle’s Loop: Short ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km) 15-20 minutes. Level: Easy 

Lower Fireweed: Beautiful wooded trail between Adventure Ridge and Mid-Vail. 1 mile (1.6 km) 30-40 minutes. Level: Easy 

Berrypicker: Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Adventure Ridge to Vail Village or Lionshead. Picnic at Minnie’s Deck along the way. 4.6 miles (7.4 km) 2-3 hours one way. Level: Intermediate                             

Grand Escape: This trail offers an alternative hiking experience with spectacular views and makes a great loop with Ridge Route. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) 1.5-2 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 

Kinnickkinnick: 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 one way. Level: Intermediate 

Ptarmigan Loop: –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. Level: Intermediate 

Ridge Route: Intermediate ridge climb from Adventure Ridge to Wildwood and back with spectacular views. 1.4 miles (2.3 km) 1.5-2 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 

Sunlight:  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 one way. Level: Expert 

Bad Simba: Steep single track trail with switchbacks winding through trees and meadows, eventually meeting up with Berry Picker. 75 miles (1.2 km), 1-1.5 hours one way. Level: Expert 

After a good hike, why not treat yourself to a massage or body treatmentAria Spa & Club at Vail Cascade Resort brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments guaranteed to help you relax or rejuvenate.  So go ahead, indulge yourself.  You deserve it!

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