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Mountain Bike Trails

Bike Snowmass features more than 50 miles of trails, primarily accessed via the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp lift. Each one has its own distinct personality, scenic beauty and skill level. 

Here are some of the trails that get top billing.

 

Freeride Trails

Introducing Valhalla at Bike Snowmass from Aspen/Snowmass on Vimeo.

Valhalla

Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced freeride mountain bikers
Access: Elk Camp Gondola

Debuting in 2012, Valhalla is a 2.75-mile monster of a trail designed and built by Gravity Logic. It invites the toughest riders – and those who strive to be – to tackle an assortment of freeride challenges over the course of its 1,400-foot vertical drop. Valhalla sets a winding course through the aspen trees and features berms, jumps, bridges, table tops, a wall ride, drop zone, fruit bowl and rainbows, eventually delivering thrilled riders to Snowmass Base Village. Its one thing to describe it, quite another thing to experience it. Check out the video above.

Vapor Trail

Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced freeride mountain bikers
Access: Elk Camp Lift

The Vapor Trail serves up 2.6 miles of downhill terrain and 1,400 feet of vertical drop. It begins at the top of the Elk Camp Lift and descends through a wide-open meadow, over bridges and berms and through groves of aspen and evergreen trees. It eventually ends at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, where — if your synapses aren’t fried yet — you can connect to Valhalla. With berms up to six feet high and other natural features – this downhill trail will challenge various levels of riders, from intermediate to advanced.

Downhill Trails

Easy Rider

Ideal for: Beginner to intermediate downhill mountain bikers
Access: Elk Camp Gondola

Easy Rider is the perfect starting point for families and downhill beginners with gentle, open, rolling terrain. Running for 2.7 miles, the trail takes riders from the top of Elk Camp Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village through evergreen forests, aspen trees and wide-open meadows for a scenic experience. With no steep grades, this extra-wide trail (with a minimum of 36 inches of width) is built specifically to help a beginning rider hone their skills before advancing to intermediate terrain. This trail connects with Cross-Mountain and the Government Trail in several places.

Expresso Trail

Ideal for: Beginner to intermediate downhill mountain bikers
Access: Elk Camp Meadows Loop below the Elk Camp Lift

New for the 2013 season, the new Expresso Trail is a classic single-track cross-country trail. Running at just over a mile long, it connects several freeride and cross-country trails on Snowmass.

Cross-Country Trails

Cross Mountain Trail

Ideal for: Advanced singletrack riders
Access: Elk Camp Meadows atop the Elk Camp Gondola

Connecting the Elk Camp section of Snowmass to the western end of the mountain, Cross Mountain Trail is short on distance but big in challenge. Climbing from 10,400 feet to 11,000 feet, its singletrack tread offers lots of root and rock obstacles along the way.

Tom Blake Trail

Ideal for: Intermediate mountain bikers seeking a good climb
Access: Owl Creek Road.

Beginning at Owl Creek Road, the Tom Blake Trail climbs through pristine stands of aspen, crosses several ski runs now profuse with wildflowers, and eventually arrives at the Snowmass Village Mall. Note: The trail is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.

Details on elk calving season.

Government Trail

Ideal for: Advanced riders seeking the ultimate cardio
Access: Atop Elk Camp Gondola or off Maroon Creek Road near Aspen, or off Divide Road in Snowmass.

Considered by many to be the quintessential mountain biking trail in the area, Government Trail is a beast worth riding. Traversing Snowmass Mountain and descending into the Maroon Creek Valley, it offers several stretches of scenic vistas and countless pitches of supreme challenge. Note: The section of trail east of Elk Camp Gondola is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.

Details on elk calving season.

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