The Vail Hiker and Ski Touring Guide

Hike, Snowshoe or Ski Tour into History with The Vail Hiker! 7th Edition

A trail guide to the back country around Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, Eagle and Minturn, Colorado. The Vail Hiker, now published in a revised, updated edition, has fifty trails for hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoe adventurers.

The Vail Hiker introduces outdoor enthusiasts to scenic trails leading to 1880s ghost towns, gold mines and historic high passes. Berry picker’s hikes, Mount of the Holy Cross overlooks and peaks selected for stunning views invite hikers of every ability, from families with young children to aggressive hikers and mountaineers. High hidden lakes, alpine cascades, historic relics and high passes serve as destinations. Visit meadows awash with bright wildflowers and explore weathered buildings the once housed gold rush prospectors.

Hikes range from the challenging Commando Run, established during World War II for training skiing soldiers from Camp Hale, to the rewarding Village to Village trail on beautiful Beaver Creek Mountain.

Topo maps and photos accompany each two-page trail description. A fold-out map gives users a clear definition of the whole county trail network. Features include special hikes for kids and trails Selected by difficulty, with plenty of easy hikes as well as advanced trails for all kinds of users.

More About The Vail Hiker

  • “A must have resource for hiking.”- Denver Post
  • “The Vail Hiker is the bestselling summer book in the Vail Valley.”- NPR with Linda Wertheimer
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“A must have resource for hiking.”