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Northeast Rim Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.5 (2)

This twisty turny descent along the ridge separating Northwoods and Mid-Vail has sweeping Gore Range views.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

77%

Runnable

11,226' 3,422 m

High

10,147' 3,093 m

Low

100' 30 m

Up

1,175' 358 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail starts from the PHQ area below Henry's hut, directly across the road from the end of the Sunlight trail. Contour around the hillside and then under Chair 5. Soon you duck into the trees and pass under the Northwoods chair. Enjoy the wildflowers and shady forest in this area. Looking uphill, you'll see the short rock cliffs and steep ski runs that give this trail its name.

The descending route roughly parallels the ridgeline and soon begins to switchback over much steeper terrain. There is a wooden bench and also a memorial tucked into the pine forest. This trail is very new (built in 2021) and still suffers somewhat from overly sloped tread and protruding stubs that are a tripping hazard. With time and weathering, these tricky spots will surely improve. There are a few very nice overlooks where the mountains of the Gore Range loom in the distance.

The trail emerges from the forest onto the favorite double diamond ski run "Prima" for a couple wider switchbacks before ducking back into the trees. Next, traverse the famous "Riva Ridge" ski run and then continue over flatter, more relaxing ground in a sun-dappled grove of some of the best tree skiing in Vail. The trail ends at the base of chair 4 and fencing directs runners below the machinery and back towards Mid-Vail.

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Megan W

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  2.5 from 2 votes

#16

in Vail Resort

#41930

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  2.5 from 2 votes
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#16

in Vail Resort

#3,066

in Colorado

#41,930

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Photos

Looking east over Northwoods, Mill Creek and Gore Range.
Aug 6, 2022 near Vail, CO
Lovely field of wildflowers under the Northwoods chairlift.
Aug 6, 2022 near Vail, CO
Gore Range in the distance.
Aug 6, 2022 near Vail, CO
Pleasant forested slopes along the Northeast Rim Trail.
Aug 6, 2022 near Vail, CO
Pleasant stream to relax you on the ascent.
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Some late season wildflowers and the Gore Range
Aug 6, 2022 near Vail, CO

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