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Level: Advanced
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 22 riders

Mountain Biking Two Elk via Vail Pass

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#170 of 1,345 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,254 in the world

Awesome high-alpine singletrack; not many others can compare in the area!!

First added by SLOWGATOR00 on Jan 1, 2013. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Vail Pass drive/ride up Shrine Pass road until you reach the parking and restrooms; start your ride here. Follow fast fire road to a right turn on to Lime Creek road, go for a short climb and look for Bowman's Shortcut to begin on the right. Climb till you reach the 4-way intersection at Top of the World are and head left into the Two Elk Singletrack. Ride fast and watch out for he blind corners!
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  • Jim Cummings

    Two Elk is a shuttled high altitude back-country adventure ride. It starts at Vail Pass, 10,660 feet, climbs a little higher on a gravel road, traverses awhile, then descends to Minturn at 7860 feet. You need advanced riding skills to enjoy it but it's a surprisingly mellow trail considering that it starts high in the rocky Rocky Mountains! The panoramic views along the tops are stunning. You get all kinds of trail from good gravel road to easy smooth singletrack, to rock gardens, to fast, curvy, flowing, narrow, down-sloping singletrack. None of it is really threatening but it does demand focus most of the way. You're at the tree line for a while, go through pine forest, aspen groves, broad sloping open meadow and river valley - the variety is superb. The high section is popular with hikers.

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