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Wilder Gulch Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

A beautiful high alpine path with great views. Too bad it's not longer!


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Point to Point

11,271' 3,435 m

High

10,551' 3,216 m

Low

749' 228 m

Up

31' 10 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Views · Wildflowers

Dogs must either be leashed or under voice control.

Description

From the rest area parking lot on the south side of Vail Pass, look for a trailhead and dirt singletrack just before you get the to paved bike path (on the south end of the lot). The path quickly crosses a creek (with no bridge, plan on getting wet in "early" season, which can be July at this elevation!).

Go across grassy terrain that is mostly level for a while, passing a marked intersection that has a connector to the paved bike path, and then turn up Wilder Gulch proper. Follow a stream past many beaver dams, mostly through wide open meadow. The flowers can be spectacular in July and August. There are many small side-streams to cross, some with rock armoring. Thomas Wilder is rumored to have lived here in the 1880's and cabin remains can be found if you really hunt (about halfway up, just past the last beaver pond).

Keep climbing with views of Ptarmigan Peak and Ptarmigan Pass as the trail gets wider and becomes an old two-track. You'll arrive at a large flat meadow that makes a good destination. Continuing, you'll start to ascend more steeply through woods before ending at Road 747. If you have time, it is highly recommended to take a left on Road 747 up to Ptarmigan Pass, where the views are spectacular.

This entire area is a very fragile ecosystem, and it's popular with hikers, runners, and bikers- share the trail!

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Megan W

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

#4

in Vail

#6581

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#4

in Vail

#481

in Colorado

#6,581

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Near the start of Wilder Gulch Trail
Nov 16, 2015 near Frisco, CO
The last bit of meadow before heading into the trees.
Nov 16, 2015 near Brecken…, CO

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Sep 22, 2020
Daylene York
5.7mi
Aug 11, 2017
Wes Booysen
Beautiful trail, easy to find from P lot (S side) / abundant wildflowers. Starts w/singletrack, then double about 1.5 miles in - muddy at spots 5.4mi