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Berrypicker

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This heart-pumping extravaganza of wildflowers & views is popular workout for hikers & runners


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3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

67%

Runnable

10,302' 3,140 m

High

8,121' 2,475 m

Low

2,209' 673 m

Up

28' 8 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is the go-to trail for reaching the top of the Vail ski area under your own power during the non-snowy months. Berry Picker is more enjoyable than just plodding up or down the access roads, but much steeper.

Runner Notes

Very rooty with several wet sections, especially on the bottom 1/3.

Description

Pick up this trail from the base of the Lionshead gondola after crossing the huge skier bridge over Gore Creek. The trail starts as an eroded doubletrack slog straight up the east side of the Bwana ski run (under the Born Free lift) before turning into the woods and taking a slightly less steep approach. Don't be discouraged by this initial tough and unaesthetic start!

The first third of this trail is rooty and rocky, but the stream crossings and abundant early season wildflowers make up for the challenging trail surface. The trail switchbacks steeply over numerous ski runs and through mature aspen forest. Beware at trail junctions with service roads and downhill bike runs- other users can be descending quickly.

The middle forested section of Berry Picker feels denuded by recent tree thinning operations but its sparseness is quickly forgotten as the views of the Gore Range improve with the climb. The upper portion of this trail becomes more sunny and exposed, utilizing service roads to gain the Eagles Nest Ridge and gondola-top area. Recent construction has caused rerouting of the last bit of Berry Picker so that during some seasons it overlaps the end of the Fireweed Trails.

Enjoy the incredible views at the top, and either take the same trail back down, or ride the gondola if it's running (it's free to ride down!).

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for marmots on the rocks and stumps of the Bwana ski run. Using this trail spring, summer and fall will show you all the species of wildflower that Vail has to offer.

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Megan W

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 10 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#2302

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Recommended Route Rankings

#3

in Vail Resort

#318

in Colorado

#2,302

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15,822 Since Dec 5, 2014
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Photos

Gore Range views improve towards the top of Berry Picker
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Valiant trail runner nearing the top of Berry Picker
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Gore Range providing the backdrop for Upper Fireweed hikers
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Thin forest like this makes for good gladed skiing!
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
The Berry Picker Trail crosses multiple ski runs
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
No shortage of wildflowers on this trail
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO

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Aug 29, 2018
Jacob Castillo
6.2mi
Aug 11, 2018
Doug Prewitt
Added mileage by running from vail village to bottom of of berry picker. Amazing trail 4.5mi
Jul 28, 2017
Nick Wilder
Felt pretty good — 0h 51m
Jul 24, 2017
Patrick Cannon
Sep 25, 2016
Jake Carlson
Aug 1, 2016
Michael Sammartino
Jul 29, 2015
johnny blades
3.1mi — 59h 00m