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Game Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (9)

A beautiful climb and/or descent just outside the ski area.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

68%

Runnable

10,326' 3,147 m

High

7,927' 2,416 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

2,399' 731 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This is a tough climb or descent, but if you're looking for some solitude away from the ski area, this is a good bet. You can start at the top by riding the gondola, or go up and down from Minturn.

If doing it one-way from the top of the ski area: leave the ski area and leave the crowds behind as you head down the ridge west of Eagle Bahn gondola terminal. You'll be on top of the ridge for a while in great aspens. Turn left at the one intersection (the Matterhorn trail goes to the right). Follow an old road to a beautiful meadow and Game Creek. Follow the creek down mostly easy trail for quite a while until near the end, where you leave the creek and pop out in a small neighborhood right in Minturn.

Though the trail is not hard, it feels much more remote than most Vail trails and is something of an adventure.

Flora & Fauna

The aspen forest is spectacular, and depending on the time of year, you might find wildflowers, elk, deer, moose, and maybe a snake on a sunny rock.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 9 votes

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in Vail Resort

#6517

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#2

in Vail Resort

#493

in Colorado

#6,517

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A nice open meadow where the trail meets the creek.
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
Time to descend along the creek
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
A great stretch of trail that seems to be on an abandoned road.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Well over a mile of this, and you'll wish there was more!
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
The intersection between Game Creek Trail (left) and Matterhorn Trail (right), as you come DOWN the mountain from the gondola.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Views to the west from Eagle's Loop
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO

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