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.

Valhalla Trail

Type: Freeride
Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced freeride mountain bikers  
Access: Elk Camp Lift 
Valhalla is a 2.75-mile monster of a trail designed and built by Gravity Logic. It invites the toughest riders to tackle an assortment of freeride challenges over the course of its 1,400-foot vertical drop.

Vapor Trail

Type: Freeride
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.

Verde Trail

Type: Downhill
Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced freeride mountain bikers 
Access: 

Elk Camp Gondola If you are new to downhill mountain biking or want to warm up, try out Verde (Spanish for green).  This beginner trail is perfect for families and those wanting to test out their downhill mountain bike skills.  The trail begins at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola and winds its way down for 3.7 miles through the Aspen groves.  There are no jumps or features on this trail.  It is specifically made for you to enjoy your descent and hone your skills.  Built in 2014 by Gravity Logic, this is a true beginner trail that is the envy of other resorts.  Hop on Verde, or better yet grab a coach/ride pro from the bike school to help give you some tips and pointers on how downhill biking is subtly different from road cycling or cross country mountain biking.  You will be smiling at the bottom, asking, “Can we do that again?”


Viking Trail

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

This intermediate flow trail was built in 2014 and is the next step up from Verde.  It is an flow trail complete with jumps, bridges, and other roll-able obstacles.  Thus, nothing is a mandatory air feature.  This trail is narrower than Verde and has some more technical features.  For example, a couple of the jumps have take-offs with rocks embedded in them.  While you can roll over the rocks, it does look more intimidating that it actually is for a rider.  The trail descends for 3.1 miles [not 100% sure of the actual mileage] complete with berms and grade reversals.  It is the next step in the Bike Snowmass progression of trails.  If you are not sure you can handle, grab a coach from the bike school to work on your skills.  It is ideal for intermediate riders and those riders looking to take their skills to the next level.  This blue trail is less technical than the Vapor trail.  Thus, riders should invade Viking before exploring Vapor.



Cross Mountain Trail

Type: Cross-Country
Ideal for: Advanced singletrack riders 
Access: 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.

Expresso Trail

Type: Cross-Country
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.

Tom Blake Trail

Type: Cross-Country
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.

Government Trail

Type: Cross-Country
Ideal for: Advanced mountain bikers seeking a good climb 
Access: Atop Elk Camp Gondola  
An Aspen Snowmass classic. Traversing Snowmass Mountain and descending into the Maroon Creek Valley, it offers several stretches of scenic vistas and challenging undulating terrain. Note: The trail is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.

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