Vail Trail Talk column: Forest Service trails opening in coming days |

Vail Trail Talk column: Forest Service trails opening in coming days

Ernest Saeger
Trail Talk

Summer is off to a great start here in the Vail Valley. Between the Eagle Outside Festival and GoPro Mountain Games, the celebrations of trails and bikes have been a good reminder of how grateful we should be for our backyard trails.

As the weather continues to warm, many trail users will get the itch to use higher elevation trails. Many of these trails will be opening from seasonal closures throughout the next two weeks.

First, thank you for your patience and understanding of the closures. The primary reasons for the trail closures are elk calving and migration. Spring is a sensitive time of year for pregnant and nursing females.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has determined that minimizing human disturbance with seasonal trail closures gives the animals time and space to nurse calves until they are strong enough to move with the herds. The closures also protect soil, vegetation, watershed and fisheries.

Now on to the exciting news: The U.S. Forest Service trails that are opening between today and June 30 are:

• The North Trail: today

• Son of Middle Creek: today

• Paulie’s Plunge-Stone Creek: Tuesday

• Whiskey Creek: Tuesday

• Easter Hillside: Tuesday

• Two Elk: June 30

Please remember that even though these trails are opening it doesn’t mean they are dry. Muddy trails are always closed. Other partners such as Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Eagle County and several municipalities have seasons for the trails for which they are responsible. For example, Beaver Creek has a seasonal closure for elk calving on many trails including Elkhorn, Primrose, Arrowhead Mountain Trail and more, so please be patience.

Trail openings also mean its time to clean up for the summer. Adopt a Trail is in full swing, and I highly encourage you to join a crew to help get our trails back in shape after the winter.

The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association Trail Crew is always looking for more trail crew volunteers to help with the completion of the Minturn Mini Mile. The Trail Crew meets every other Wednesday night, and details can be found on our Facebook or at

Thank you to all who are supporting our trails. Whether you are digging, donating or volunteering, we appreciate your help and passion.

The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association is a nonprofit organization and community of diverse participants that supports the maintenance and construction of sustainable mountain biking and hiking trails throughout Eagle County. For more information, visit

or follow the group on Facebook.

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