“An adventurous and scenic route starting with awesome views and trail but ending with steep ruts.”
— Nick Wilder
Views · Wildflowers
Starting from the Grand Traverse trail, pass Vail's helpful sign warning you of impending doom (no lift service, etc).
Fantastic singletrack slowly winds down the ridge, mostly through meadows and dying pine forest. It's a smooth, easy, gentle run up and down for quite a ways to the end of the ridge, where there's a 100-yard spur path down to a rocky outcropping. Fantastic views abound. You can see the "Lionshead" rock formation if you look down and to the right.
Up to this point the trail is blue, or even green, and not very steep, so you could turn around and head back the way you came.
But to continue down from here, follow the trails as it rapidly descending through very rutted, rocky, and loose terrain. It's solid black diamond trail all the way until you get to the Lionshead rock formation. Explore the rock and enjoy the scenery.
Back on the trail, the grade eases up and the trail is in much better shape. Enjoy nice forested, wide trail to the Game Creek trail junction. Cross the stream, and follow that trail to the end.