A designated National Recreation Trail, Two Elk Trail offers many panoramic views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges.
This trail also passes by the back bowls of Vail Ski Area. China, Sunup and Sundown bowls are known for their deep powder skiing.
A side trip to Red Benchmark, north of Two Elk Pass offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The changes in elevation provide for a wide variety of vegetation, ranging from high alpine forests to stands of aspens and cottonwoods to dry, brushy slopes.
Directions: From Beaver Creek, East Trailhead: Travel east on I-70 to the east Vail exit, (#180). Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto a frontage road. Follow the frontage road to the road closure gate, approximately 2 miles. This is the start of Vail Pass Trail, a paved path. The east end of the Two Elk Trail can be accessed approximately 2 miles up the Vail Pass Trail. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the Vail Pass Trail.
Elevation: 9,200 feet
Ending Elevation: 8,023 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
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