Though I mourn summer’s passing and the cold that hits as soon as the sunshine disappears over the hill mountain blocking my little porch, I do so enjoy hiking in the autumn colors. The season for the bright yellows, reds and oranges is short but striking. Judging from how busy Vail Village was this Saturday night, many people are in town enjoying the pretty foliage before our snow flies.
We got out there on the hunt for the falling leaves this weekend. The Eagle-Vail trail starts right at the top of Eagle Drive in Eagle-Vail and is quite well travelled for the first mile or so. Dog walkers and families abound! Confusingly, as it continues up to Beaver Creek it is also knows as Paulie’s Plunge (on my Latitude 40 Topo Map) and Stone Creek Trail (on posted signs)…
As you get further up the trail, the flat and easy pathway narrows to a singletrack hiking trail and fewer hikers are sighted. A fork early on leads you to the Eagle-Vail golf course if you are short on time or energy. Walking along the bubbling streambed is soothing if a little startling when you hear a crack of a branch over the burbles – it is hunting season after all and the local animals are out and about.
The trail is sometimes utilized by downhill mountain bikers descending from Beaver Creek so some caution is required. We only saw one pair though, and that on a busy Saturday afternoon, so the trail use does not appear to be too heavy.
Time-wise the ascent to Beaver Creek and descent took about 3 hours total, with plenty of photo stops and a picnic break at the top. Definitely one of my favorite backyard trails that I plan to check out this winter too.