This is a challenging long ride with a big climb coming back up the west side of Vail Pass on the return. Start in Keystone, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco or Copper depending upon how far you want to go. The route shown on the right is about 73 miles and 4,850' of climb round trip from Breckenridge. The ride from Frisco (park at the Marina or west Main St lot) is about 56 miles & 4,200' of climb or 42 miles and 3,500' of climb from Copper Mountain.
Follow the directions for the Vail Pass Summit ride. Then ride around the back and above the summit rest area, turn left on the road just before the I-70 overpass and go down through the gate past the second lake to join the continuation of the Vail Pass Bike Path.
Watch out for the steep down grade and sharp right hand blind corner at the 5 mile point from the summit. The path will terminate at the "upper gate" shortly after this sharp turn. Continue down the closed road another 4 miles or so to the "lower gate" and then follow the road into Vail Village.