Gore Valley Trail (East Vail)

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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6.0 km
Elevation
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24 m
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Overall Rating
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9.8
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panoramic views from the Gore Valley Trail hike near Vail, Colorado

The East Vail portion of the Gore Valley Trail takes a shared hike and bike path. You’ll pass below a vibrant red sandstone cliff band while following Gore Creek. The easy walk leads to the meadows and aspen groves on the east end of the golf course. Pack a picnic for this one!

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Route Description for Gore Valley Trail (East Vail)

The Gore Valley Trail is the most marked trail in all of Vail, offering the simplest navigation throughout the valley floor. To start the trail from the parking lot, carefully cross the street to the podium that signifies the Gore Valley trail. From here, you will see the paved road, and you will hear the soothing sound of the creek flowing on your left. Head west on the trail, towards Vail Village.

The trail will head slightly downhill taking you over a bridge. At 0.5 km in, you will pass the Vail Memorial Park. The trail then opens up to a large meadow, the creek now on your right. From here, walk through the open meadow as it gently curves around the creek.

At the end of the trail, you will walk up a large hill surrounded by dense aspen trees. The top of the hill levels out before taking you downhill again to a sign signifying you are entering the golf course area. From here, the trail turns sharply right for 15 m and then loops back around to take you west again.

The wilderness portion of the trail ends at a perfect picnic table that sits right next to the creek at 3.0 km in. Enjoy a snack and the sound of the creek before turning around and heading back to the trailhead.

Insider Hints for Gore Valley Trail (East Vail)

  • Explore the beautiful eleven-acre Vail Memorial Park located after the bridge on the left side of the trail. The park is dedicated to those who hold a special connection to Vail and Gore Creek Valley.

Getting to the Gore Valley Trail (East Vail) Trailhead

From Vail Village, take I-70 east to East Vail, exit 180. Turn right and follow the road as it arcs left. The parking lot is on the left-hand side immediately after the road straightens out. The trailhead is located across Bighorn Road.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Spring/Summer/Fall

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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