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Vail Pass to Copper Recreational Path

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Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 5' 1 m
Descent: -765' -233 m
High: 10,537' 3,212 m
Low: 9,777' 2,980 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This paved path is a favorite option for those who want scenery and fresh air without the dirt.

Megan W

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Mostly open without much shade.

Description

This multi-use paved path is often packed in the summer with tourists getting shuttled up to Vail Pass and ambling down to either Frisco, Keystone, or Breckenridge. All of those are excellent activities, but the path is also crowded with locals getting a solid workout by going up and down, so expect a crowd. Consider arranging for a shuttle to take you to the top, then run down.

From the Vail Pass parking area, quickly dive under one branch of the freeway and meander between the two branches most of the way. There's a lot of space in here, and you actually can't tell the freeway is around you much of the time. Follow the West Tenmile Creek with great views of the Ten Mile Range of mountains and Copper Mountain ski area.

Keep an eye out for a few sharp corners, and a lot of people sharing the trail! Once you hit the Copper resort area, pick up the shuttle that you have pre-arranged or retrace your steps. This recreation path also continues on to Breckenridge or Frisco if you have the energy!

Bikes are allowed on this path.

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in Colorado

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Family cruise towards Copper Mountain!
Mar 28, 2015 near Frisco, CO
Great path for the family!
Mar 26, 2015 near Frisco, CO

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