2011 Vail Mountain Biking in Summer and Fall

We like to ride on easy forest roads (as long as there is no motorized traffic) or even on single tracks but only if they are real easy. Fortunately (or unfortunately), we're in the Rocky Mountains and we're unable to find many routes that fit that description. We’ve done Vail’s Village Trail from the top of the Gondola (out of Lionshead) down to Vail Village and also from the bottom up then down via Liondown and Hank’s Hideaway (that one was at the limit of our abilities). We’ve tried Tigiwon road and No Name Road out of Minturn and found both a little too steep to do for many miles.
Dimitri slogging up No Name Road. We did 4.2 miles up in 1 1/2 hours and then back in 30 minutes! 
Lost Lake Road (off of Red Sandstone Rd.)  was nice (the road not the trail which we’ve done on foot and wouldn’t attempt on the bikes). 
Audre pauses on our schlepp up Lost Lake Road


Dimitri pauses on our schepp up Lost Lake Road
Then our bikes  pause after another slog uphill on our Lost Lake Road excursion
Beaver Creek’s Village to Village trail was the best mellow and lovely but the access on Dally trail wasn't optimal. Another trail that we particularly enjoyed is on the north side of Turquoise Lake near Leadville; that one was 6.5 mile each way and it felt challenging and safe; also very scenic.


Audre biking on the scenic trail on the north side of Turquoise Lake near Leadville