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July 28, 2006
The scenery is beautiful as you wander up a paved bike trail to the top of the pass. Lakes, wildflowers, and the marmots will be there to greet you. If you feel your legs can take more, zoom down the hill to Copper Mountain Resort. Get a snack, then head back up the hill. Its just as steep, roughly 7 miles of climbing on each side, but the sense of accomplishment and views are worth it. Plus, it's a tough ride. Bragging rights are awarded upon completion.
Here is a tip if you enjoy the downhill part of most bike rides: Have a friend drop you off at the top and ride TOWARDS COPPER MOUNTAIN. The decent is easy, scenic, and a really good time! For a 15-plus-mile cruising decent, continue to Frisco. Have your ride pick you up. And you have ridden over 15 miles and pedaled (maybe) four times.
From journal Vail: Summer and Winter Adventure
by Truly Malin
New York, New York
July 24, 2001
Take the Lionshead Gondola to Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain. You can rent a bike and helmet there if you don't have one - if you do, it costs $10 to bring it with you to the summit. Your choices on the way down are the wide, forgiving Village Trail, or the singletrack Liondown Trail.
Easy Does It
The Vail Recreation Path is popular not only for its mix of scenic views and smooth pavement, but also because it is accessible from many of the condos and hotels along the highway. Winding along the bottom of the White River National Forest, the path will take you through seven miles of soaring mountainsides and placid meadows. You'll never get far enough away from the interstate to forget it's there, but hills are not too deadly and the gurgling waters of Gore Creek are never far away.
Both Vail Village and Lionshead Village offer inexpensive bike rentals in summer:
Vail Bike Tech
Lift House Lodge
From journal Summer on Vail Mountain