Photo courtesy Jack Affleck
On the Trail
The town of Eagle is the latest hit destination for both local and out-of-town enthusiasts with a wealth of trails and a flourishing biking subculture. The Haymaker Trail in Eagle is a great introduction to mountain biking for all ages and abilities, with easy trailhead access and plenty of parking.
If the downhill is your favorite part, let the lifts do the work at Vail or Beaver Creek. After a scenic ride up on the gondola, you can proceed downhill at your own pace. First time? Take a guided tour for an exhilarating journey down Vail Mountain’s network of mountain bike trails.
Hiking is one of the main things locals look forward to during the summer. Want to skip the hassle of deciding on the perfect hike and driving to the trailhead? Walking Mountains Science Center offers full and half day guided hikes. Click here to visit their website to learn more.
Eagle’s Loop: Short ridgetop loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km), 15–20 minutes.
Nature Valley Complimentary Hike in Beaver Creek: Easy guided hike. Begins at the top of Centennial Express (Meet at Spruce Saddle)
Berry Picker: This trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle’s Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 3.2 miles (5.1 km), 2–3 hours one way
Upper Piney Trail: The trail is mostly in open meadows above the Piney Lake and Piney River before entering aspen groves and becoming a bit rougher before reaching the cascading falls at just under 3 miles.
Booth Creek: The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile, then climbs more gradually following along Booth Creek. At mile 2, the trail passes 60 foot Booth Creek Falls.
Eagle Lake: There are majestic views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, Burnt Mountain, and William’s Mountains. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for such animals as deer and elk.
Beaver Lake: This trail follows Beaver Creek as you hike through aspens and thimbleberry on an old wagon trail then onto singletrack up through coniferous forest to the Holy Cross Wilderness boundary