ElevationAscent: 2,209' 673 m
Descent: -28' -8 m
High: 10,302' 3,140 m
Low: 8,121' 2,475 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“This heart-pumping extravaganza of wildflowers & views is popular workout for hikers & runners”— Megan W
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!).
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