White River National Forest - Vail Backcountry - Member Hike

Hike Name: White River National Forest - Vail Backcountry
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Nearby Town: Vail
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From Denver take I-70 West toward Idaho Springs/Grand Junction. Take exit number 176 toward Vail, Colorado. Enter the next roundabout and take the fourth exit onto Vail Road then enter the next roundabout and take the first exit onto South Frontage Road West. Turn left onto West Lionshead Circle. Turn Left onto Lionshead Place. Follow Lionshead Place to gondola.
Total Hike Distance: 6.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Lionshead Gondola
Trails Used: Ridge Route, Ptarmigan Loop, Cougar Ridge
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: State Forest Service
Contact Information: USDA Forest Service
White River National Forest
900 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 948
Glenwood Springs CO 81602
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: We decided to do an overnight backpacking trip near the Vail ski resort to explore the White River National Forest in Summit County. Vail has a a gondola that is open in the summer months and it's much easier to access the higher elevations by catching a ride. We rode the gondola, then hiked a few miles into the Vail backcountry to set-up camp at 10,700 feet. The views from a large meadow near an exposed ridge were outstanding, especially at sunset.



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