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Grand Escape

Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -652' -199 m
High: 10,977' 3,346 m
Low: 10,325' 3,147 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Top half is mostly smooth dirt singletrack, bottom half is dirt road.

Description

Starting from the top of the Wildwood Express lift area, the Grand Escape begins just below the Wildwood Smokehouse restaurant on the front side of the ski area, just off the service road.

This well-marked, serene trail has off-the-charts fields of dense wildflowers in all varieties. The top half of this trail is the best, following just below the Eagles Nest Ridge and affording spectacular, panoramic views of the Gore Range. Once the trail crosses the Main Vail service road, it becomes doubletrack and less aesthetic, although the views to the west are still good.

After entering and exiting a few sets of trees, the trail appears to end at a service road and a nearby tubing area lift. To reach Eagles Nest and the Lionshead gondola, take a left heading up the Main Vail service road for about 20 feet and look for signs to a doubletrack leading down past Ridge Route etc. to the gondola and Eagles Nest. This can be made into a nice loop by doing Ridge Route up, and Grand Escape down.

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#9

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#9

in Vail Resort

#1,778

in Colorado

#20,704

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View of Mt. of the Holy Cross.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Panoramic view near the top of the Great Escape.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Nice fall day for a run!
Sep 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Long section of singletrack traversing on the Great Escape.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Steady traversing on Great Escape.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Ascending the Grand Escape.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO

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