There is an old saying in the Vail Valley that people came here for the winter, but moved here because of the summer. Hiking is the quintessential activity for high alpine living. East Vail, the north side of West Vail, Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch are the true hiker’s paradises.
East Vail is surrounded by the White River National Forest, and as a wilderness area it is restricted from all mechanical operations including mountain biking. Hiking along the headwaters of Gore Creek is absolute tranquility. Bighorn sheep, beavers and birds are all common sights in East Vail. Clean water and big waterfalls make East Vail the ideal hiker’s home.
West Vail is home to the recently created North Trail system. Seven trail heads give most residents walkable access to short daily hikes of about an hour. Excellent access makes this neighborhood great for morning dog walks.
Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch are also great hiker homes. Camaraderie among residents is extremely common in these two neighborhoods. Beaver Creek has a complete hike guide center, which offers advice, equipment and guided wildflower tours.