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Eagle's Nest Ridge Route

Vail, Colorado



5.99 miles

Elevation Gain

1640 ft

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Eagle's Nest Ridge trail in Vail, Colorado is a popular hiking route known for its unique features and challenging terrain. The trail spans approximately 5.99 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,640 feet, making it a moderate to difficult hike. The trailhead starts at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The trail winds through dense forests of spruce and fir trees, leading to the ridge that offers expansive views of the Gore Range and the Vail Valley. Along the way, hikers will encounter a variety of wildlife, including mule deer and black bears. The trail also passes by a series of small alpine lakes, providing opportunities for rest and reflection. Hikers should be prepared for a challenging climb and bring plenty of water and snacks. The trail can be slippery in places, so sturdy hiking boots are recommended. The best time to hike is in the summer and fall when the trail is free of snow. Despite its challenges, Eagle's Nest Ridge trail offers a rewarding hike with stunning views and diverse natural features.
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