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Ptarmigan Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 155' 47 m
Descent: -140' -43 m
High: 10,995' 3,351 m
Low: 10,914' 3,326 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

Delightful circuit atop Ptarmigan Ridge with magnificent views.

Megan W

Features Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Good packed dirt surface.

Description

If you like wildflowers and great views, you'll like the Ptarmigan Loop trail. It starts from the end of Ridge Route and the top of the Game Creek ski lift and contours around Ptarmigan ridge and Ptarmigan Point (10977 ft).

This mostly flat loop can be done in either direction. The trail surface is smooth packed dirt so you can safely raise your eyes to admire the abundant flowers and look for late season mushrooms. Salute the two carved wooden figures and share their views of Mt. Holy Cross, Meadow Mountain, Gore Range and the back bowls of Vail. The only negative is that this trail ends too soon!

New as of Summer 2016: the north end of Ptarmigan Loop has been extended to connect with the Grand Escape Trail. Now you can choose to complete the Ptarmigan Loop Trail where you started (at the end of Ridge Route for the full 360 degrees), or continue north along the top of the Wildwood Express chairlift and downhill towards town for a short distance until crossing a service road and intersecting with the Grand Escape Trail.

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in Colorado

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270 degree view from Ptarmigan Point (so named here). A real must see!
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
A cold day in the July wildflowers
Jul 29, 2017 near Vail, CO
Panoramic view near the top of the Great Escape.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
View from Ptarmigan Loop of Vail's Back Bowls.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Wondering what's around the corner.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Heading out on Ptarmigan Loop.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO

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