After spending the evening in yet another downpour, we woke to sunshine. We headed uptrail along Game Creek to Eagle’s Nest summit. It was a steep ride through lush vegetation—wildflowers and butterflies were in abundance. We stopped where the trail diverged, and asked area hikers for more specific directions. I could have sworn that Raudi groaned when one tourist said “just keep heading uphill.”
Siggi took the lead and Signy followed. We arrived at the top and found ourselves amidst a slew of tourists. Nearly all the tourists had taken a gondola ride to the top. So began a three-hour session in which we answered innumerable questions about our trip. One person remarked that two months was a long time to be out on horseback trip, to which I said that it seemed like hardly any time at all.
We later made our way through the concession area, passing bungee jumpers, gondola riders, mountain bikers, and restaurant patrons. Once again, nothing seemed to phase our horses or Rainbow. The downhill Berry Picker trail was rocky, circuitous, and steep. There was little space between trees, which was problematic for Signy and her packs. And so, we all walked the more dicey parts of the trail and occasionally headed straight down the grassy ski runs. We camped at the base of the ski slopes, outside East Vail Village where we had a view of the multi-million dollar homes and I-70.
Eagle's Nest Summit
Eagle's Nest pony rides
Magic Forest - Vail ski slopes