Panoramic views from the Gore Valley Trail hike near Vail, Colorado
Panoramic views from the Gore Valley Trail hike near Vail, Colorado

Gore Valley Trail (East Vail) hike

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Gore Valley Trail (East Vail) hike

Distance: 3.7mi
Elevation: 79ft
Time: 1-1.5h

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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!

Gore Valley Trail (East Vail) Map

Getting there

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.

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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


Gore Valley Trail (East Vail)
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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 0.3mi 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 49ft 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 1.9mi in. Enjoy a snack and the sound of the creek before turning around and heading back to the trailhead.

Insider Hints

  • 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.

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TopherSan 2 years ago

We did this trail last autumn, and the color of leaves made everything seem surreal.

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will-perry 2 years ago

The paths were incredibly well-maintained, making it easy for everyone to walk around.

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mendel 3 years ago

It's still magnificent, even though the skies were gray!

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Florence P. 3 years ago

A nice walk through the forest. Well worth the short trip up!

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Mary Lou 3 years ago

Love the rugged feature of natural pathways, but I appreciate the paved walkway. It's very convenient.

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onoyuki 3 years ago

It's like walking around town but with more trees and incredible mountain views.

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Lola M. 3 years ago

Great trail for kids and an easy bike ride too. The view of the creek is beautiful, and the trail is easy to follow. Highly recommended.

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Eugene L 3 years ago

You'll never run short of beautiful views to see while walking around the area.

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Lloyd Frank 3 years ago

An easy hike and probably a good warm-up for beginners. Great scenic trail. Lots of picnic benches and amazing views of the surroundings and river.

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Jeff Axe 3 years ago

We also explored Vail Memorial Park. It was a nice place too.

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