This trial is popular for mountain bikes. The trial also passes through a series of clear cuts, logged within the past few years. The thick lodgepole pine in the area average 70 to 100 years in age. These trees, because of their density and age are especially susceptible to disease and fire.
The trail passes through an interesting evergreen forest as it climbs over Gold Hill; providing views of the Blue River Valley eastward and of the rugged Tenmile Range to the west. Interpreting the various forest types you pass through will reveal clues to the areas human history of logging and fire. Look for the blue diamonds where the trial crosses roads or cuts.
Directions: From Vail, Travel 25 miles east on I-70 to the first Frisco exit (#201). Turn right and drive through Frisco to Hwy 9. Turn right on Hwy. 9 and go 5 miles south of Frisco to County Road 950. A National Forest trailhead sign is at the intersection. Park in parking area provided. Trail starts on west side of CR 950.
Elevation: 9,200 feet
Ending Elevation: 10,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Distance: 3.1 miles
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