Moderate Hiking Trails Information | Town of Vail

Two Elk (CLOSED May 6 – June 20)

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Two Elk

Two Elk (CLOSED May 6 – June 20)

Length: 10 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate

The Two Elk National Recreation Trail climbs out of Minturn and follows the creek and enters Vail’s Back Bowls. The trail passes three chairlifts and continues climbing to Two Elk Pass before descending to the Vail Pass Recreation Path above East Vail. Scenic vistas of Mount of the Holy Cross and Battle Mountain are prevalent throughout the hike.


 Crowds: Light to moderate.


 Access: Travel west on I-70 to exit 171 for Minturn, Leadville, and Highway 24. Merge right and travel south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Cemetery Road. Cross the bridge and tracks and proceed onto FSR# 762. Follow this rough, dirt road about 1.8 miles until it ends at the trailhead.


Trail Adopted By: Manor Vail Lodge (East) and Slifer Smith & Frampton (West)

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