Meadow Mountain mountain biking trail

Meadow mountain bike loop and trail is one of the “classic” mountain bike routes in and near the Antlers at Vail condominiums located in Vail, Colorado. To get there from the Antlers hotel, drive West on Insterstate 70 to exit 171. Go south on Hwy 6 (take a right) underneath the freeway and as you go south you’ll almost immediately pull into the U.S. forest service station, on the right again. Park here and suit up. Ride your mtn bike south through the parking lot and start climbing for 7 miles or so and 2000+ vertical feet. As you go up there will really only be one fork in the road (about 1/2 of the way up). Take a right here and keep climbing. After about an hour (or more) you’ll come to the little cabin. Take a much needed rest and have some lunch. Directly to the north (heading west) is the single track. It descends through the woods for what seems like miles. It goes back and forth constantly but for the most part is completely rideable. When you are getting close to the freeway you’ll come to a fork. Take the fork to the left, continue to Eagle Vail. You’ll come out by the high-school and the Par 3 golf course. Ride through Eagle Vail, hop back on Hwy 6 and ride back East (couple of miles) to your car at the Forest Service station.


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One of the classic mountain biking trails near Vail, Colorado

Big views going up Meadow Mountain

Cabin at the top of the loop.

Single track on the way back down to interstate 70 and Eagle Vail

Whitney Lake hike, near Vail, up homestake road

Whitney Lake hike is a pleasant hike not far from the Antlers at Vail and the town of Vail Colorado.  One needs to drive about an hour to get there.  Head west out of Vail until you get to Dowd Junctino exit 171 off of I-70.  Next head south for 13 miles on highway 24 heading through the town of Minturn, up over Battle Mountain pass.  Cross the big green bridge (you won’t miss it), go another couple of miles and then take a right onto Homestake road.  This road is numbered #703 by the forest service and again is about 13 miles south of I-70.  When you turn onto homestake road you need to drive another 4.6 miles on this rocky (sometimes dusty) road.  You’ll find the sign to the trail just on the right of the road with parking on the left side of the road.  The trail head starts around 9100 in elevation and tops out at the lake at 10956.  Length one way is 2.5 miles, so it isn’t TOO long.  The views can be spectacular.


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Up at the lake, watch for the trout jumping in the lake

New bridge for stream crossing

Be careful on the stream crossing, the bridge is thin

Trout in the lake

Camp robber

Lionshead Rock hike, Minturn Colorado

An often forgotten about hike is the Lionshead Rock hike out of Minturn Colorado.  It is a short 15 minute drive from the Antlers at Vail condominiums.  Drive west on Interstate 70 to Exit 171 at Dowd Junction and then head south on Highway 24 for a few miles until you arrive in the town of Minturn.  Take a left right away upon arriving into town and go across the bridge by the Saloon.  As you pass the Saloon, hang a right swinging around the building and go across the railraod tracks to Taylor Street.  Head north on Taylor street passing a number of homes (and junky cars, fridges, old snowmobiles, sinks, dishwashers, chairs, dogs, etc) until you arrive at the far end (dead end).  Find a parking spot and head to the Game Creek trail (to the East) and start going up the trail.  As you go up and past the river for about a 1/2 mile you’ll hang a RIGHT onto the trail which will take you to the Lionshead Rock.  It is about a 2 mile climb one way from the trail head.


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View from Lionshead rock looking down towards the town of Minturn

Crazy squirrel

Come meet Christo in person!

The Vail Symposium (for which the Antlers is the OFFICIAL HOTEL), is hosting a presentation by Christo on July 19.  Tickets to the presentation sold out in a matter of days, HOWEVER … there are still tickets available to a private reception with the man himself!  Those tickets also include the otherwise sold out lecturem, “Chirsto Live in Vail”.

Even better … tickets are $250, but if you’re one of the next ten people to buy a ticket to the reception, the Antlers at Vail will throw in a FREE one-bedroom condominium for the night of the 19th.  Call me directly (970-790-5200).  Rob

USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Vail Colorado

Antlers at Vail Room rates are 35% off for the USA Pro cycling Challenge August 24-26th.  Riverside/mountain view Studio suite rooms from $156 per night with a full size kitchen.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  August 25th is Stage 3 of the USA Cycling Challenge and is the Vail Time Trial going up the old Highway 6 road towards Vail Pass.  It starts right from Vail village.  August 26th will be Stage 4 of USA Cycling Challenge and goes from Avon Colorado to Steamboat.

Here is the “TEAM ANTLERS” bicycling team who should be around town watching the races in August.  Come join us !

Hiking Mt Sherman 2011

Mt Sherman Hike (14,036′)
A decent short 14er for those who want to notch the first one on their belts. It takes about 4 hours to reach the top and return. The land may seem brown and lifeless compared to some other 14ers however; it is rich in mining history as can be seen from the scattered mining structures all around the area. This was one I could see from the ridgeline very near to the top of Sherman.

When my fellow Antlers employee Dan and I hiked it on June 27th, it still had snow fields to cross at the start of the hike. However, we got through easy enough without too much post holing (and a slight deviation from the trail that turned into a lot more work than expected… DANNNN). Still, the rest of the trail was clear and easy going once we started gaining elevation. The most exhilarating thing about this hike was the wind that day. Sherman is very very exposed so a windbreaker/rain jacket is a MUST or you will risk being exposed to the elements that make hiking very uncomfortable.

A little bit windy up there

Only 40 a minute drive away from the Antlers here in Vail it was definitely a great day hike and a good first 14er for any moderate hiker looking to reach the next level. Make sure to add to the wind walls when you reach the top and sign the registry!!!

After we added another foot or so it still wasn't very helpful

Gore Lake and Deluge Lake Trail Hiking in Vail

Just recently I took a hike up to Deluge lake with a few of my friends around town.  It was a really awesome hike with plenty of great views.  Early on I was a bit nervous because it took almost 45 minutes to really lose site of the highway (which when you’re hiking is not the view you expect).  However, once we rounded a mountain side and started up the valley towards the lake I knew that the hike was well worth it.  It was the kind of mountain valley you would see in a movie with green fields, white rocks, and Deluge Creek running down the middle.  Although it was a more difficult hike, it was well worth the trip in the end.  Definitely wait until July or later to do this trail as when we tried in early June we were stopped about halfway by the 4ft of remaining snow.


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This is a map of the Gore Creek and Deluge Lake trails which leave from the same trailhead right in our backyard of East Vail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gore Creek


View of the Gore Range. This is looking NORTH towards Gore Lake and Deluge Lake trails.