The possibilities for summer hiking on Vail mountain are wide-open, as the snow that covers ski runs in the winter melts out to reveal an established network of hiking trails. Information centers in Vail Village and Lionshead have updated summer season trail maps with the latest all-mountain openings, but a few good ones to keep in mind are the trails you can access from Vail's Lionshead Village on foot and from the top of Lionshead's Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19). For the fit and adventurous, hike directly up Berry Picker from Lionshead Village to Eagle's Nest (an elevation gain of a little more than 2,000 feet), where you can choose to take the gondola down or retrace your steps back to Lionshead Village.
If you're looking for a mellower hiking experience, ride Eagle Bahn Gondola up to the top and hike the scenic, 1-mile round-trip Eagle's Loop, perfect for beginners and hikers of all ages. Also accessible from the top of the Eagle Bahn is the Ridge Route, an intermediate hike from Adventure Ridge to Wildwood, featuring spectacular views along the way. The Ridge Route is 1.4 miles one way, for a 2.8-mile round-trip distance. Be sure to carry necessary clothing and safety gear and to check operational times for the gondola if you plan on using it to return at the end of the day.