Hiking

In the heart of Vail Valley, Arrowhead provides central access to some of the most beautiful views of the Rocky Mountain Range accessible by hiking. Below you can find a synopses of the beautiful trails Arrowhead has to offer for your pleasure:

Depending on the time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the unique beauties the Rockies have to offer. In the Summertime, the wild flowers abound, the Aspens are getting their signature golden in the Fall, and the Winter offers lovely views of snow-covered mountain tops and a true Colorado Winter wonderland. 

Navajo Trail

  • Distance: ¼ mile
  • Time: 30”
  • Elevation Gain: 100 feet
  • Difficulty: Green

This children’s trail is an integral part of the playground and may be accessed from the east or west end of the playground. It consists of two connected loops, lower and upper. Along the way on both loops are balance beams, stepping-stone tree stumps, and a viewing platform over-looking the playground. The lower loop provides access to the children’s slide. Winter grooming: None

Cherokee Trail: 

  • Distance: 1 mile loop.
  • Time: 45”
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Green

Designed with families and fitness in mind, there are fitness stations along the way and benches at the top for enjoying the view. The trail can be accessed either across from the skier drop off circle on Cresta Road, or across Cresta Road from the Arrowbahn lift. The trail accesses great views of the Community, Country Club of the Rockies and Arrowhead Mountain. Winter Grooming: None

Ute Trail:  

  • Distance: 6 miles round trip
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 feet.
  • Difficulty: Blue

This trail begins at the marked signs east of the lift at the Arrowhead base. The Ute trail ends at the 3 mile point where it connects via Little Brave with the Village to Village trail. Hikers may choose to descend on the Apache Trail for a loop hike.  The Ute/Apache loop is a very popular biking trail. The Ute Trail is designated for UPHILL biking traffic. Winter Grooming: None

Apache Trail:

  • Distance: 4.6 miles round trip.
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Blue

This trail serves as a connector between the Ute Trail and Piece of Cake. The trail may be accessed from the Arrowhead base by either starting at the Ute Trail entrance or by heading up the ski hill onto Piece of Cake and intersecting the Apache Trail after about one mile. The Ute trail entrance at Blinky’s reaches the junction with the Apache Trail at about 2.3 miles.. Winter grooming: None

Mud Springs-Arrowhead Mountain Trail-Yurt-Village to Village.

  • Distance: 7 miles round trip loop.
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1500 feet.
  • Difficulty: Single Black

Walk up Cresta Road and turn right onto Cabin Creek Lane. The trail head is at the end of Cabin Creek Lane. Follow the Mud Springs Trail to the Arrowhead Mountain Trail to the Yurt returning via Village to Village. Winter grooming: Mud Springs to the Yurt is groomed weekly and after heavy snowfall.

 Arrowhead Loop Hikes: Arrowhead Mountain provides a wonderful variety of loop hikes for all ages and abilities: Ute-Apache-Piece of Cake Loop (5.5 miles +/-) Ute-Village to Village Loop (6 miles +/-) Ute-Village to Village-Arrowhead Mountain Trail-Cresta Drive (7 miles +/-).

Country Club of the Rockies [CCR]:

  • Distance: 5 miles.
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: None.
  • Difficulty: Green

Designed for both cross country skiing and snowshoeing, this trail winds its way through the golf course on the south and north sides of Highway 6. Winter grooming: Daily with dedicated cross country tracks. Snow shoe traffic is asked to avoid the tracks. No snow bikes allowed. Please clean up after pets.

Note: Parking for Arrowhead residents is available at the Mud Springs Trail Head. If you choose to park there you will need to return via the Mud Springs Trail to retrieve the car.

Thinking about heading out to hike with others? Concerned about transportation to the trailheads? Vail Club 50, in consultation with Eagle County Public Health, suggests the following guidelines for safer carpooling:

  • In traveling to trailheads, no more than 2 people in a 4-passenger vehicle (i.e., Jeep Wrangler), 3 people in a 5-passenger vehicle (i.e., Subaru Outback), and no more than 4 people in a 7-8 passenger vehicle (i.e., Chevrolet Suburban).
  • Carry and use hand sanitizer after touching any common or high-touch surfaces. 
  • Keep windows cracked to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Wear face coverings while in the car. 
  • Avoid bodily contact during transport (no handshakes, arm assists to or from car, etc.) 
  • Carry and handle your own equipment such as backpacks, camelbacks and hiking poles.

Arrowhead Trail Map:  Summer Trail Map (PDF)

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