Two Elk National Recreation Trail

HARD 4 reviews
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Two Elk National Recreation Trail is a 18.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
18.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5029 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Follow a crystal clear creek up a narrow valley to the base of Vail Ski Area's Tea Cup Bowl and Blue Sky Basin on the Two Elk National Recreation Trail. A pleasant journey through thick forest, past rocky outcrops, amid lush aspen forests, and across fields of colorful wildflowers. NOTE: Bring water as the creek is not always near the trail. Numerous berry bushes line the trail at the west end. Be aware of bears, especially in late August and September. Hunters may use this area during hunting season. The trail is neither marked nor maintained during the winter.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Everybody should do this trail! Absolutely gorgeous. For trail runners you can pretty much run it the whole way (except on the way back where the forest uphill is pretty brutal).

hiking
3 months ago

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Did the Western descent on a mountain bike, from the highest point on the trail. Absolutely beautiful! The bottom third is solidly black diamond trail but quite doable.