Hiking Trails in Summit County and Vail Valley, Colorado

Books to Enhance Your Experience of the Colorado Mountains

Trail Guidebooks for Exploring Your 
Mountain Playground

New! Summer, 2013 Full-color edition of The Summit Hiker. New trails. All new maps. All new photos. New features, such as "Hikes for Tykes" and "Fishing Lakes for Anglers."

Also, Summer, 2012 full-color edition of The Vail Hiker. New trails. All new maps. New photos. New features, such as "Hikes for Tykes" and "Fishing Lakes for Anglers." 

Get a personalized author-autographed copies on this website!

Hikers Please Note:  A landslide has covered the Rock Creek Trail near its highest point, just below the mine at trail's end. While the hike is still enjoyable and rewarding, the access to the final destination is blocked. Some hikers have scrambled beneath a few fallen trees to continue. Also hikes around Montezuma remain affected by the flooding which washed out the road. Vehicle access is still possible and trailheads are still accessible; access involves crossing a one-lane bridge.

Discover alpine splendor with The Summit Hiker. "Best-selling book in Summit County, Colorado year-round."
Award winning guidebook.


2013 Edition, Fully Revised


Explore with The Vail Hiker featured on National Public Radio:
"Best-selling book in the Vail Valley this summer."

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2012 Edition, Fully Revised


Discover wilderness trails to waterfalls, alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, high mountain passes wildlife areas and panoramic view spots in our popular guidebooks, 
The New Summit Hiker,
and The Vail Hiker.  

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Area Bookstores report:
"The New Summit Hiker  and The Vail Hiker are our best-selling titles."

Historian/hiker Mary Ellen Gilliland, an award-winning Colorado author, gives readers a gateway to the Colorado peak experience.

Find your favorite:

Summit County Hiking

Vail Hiking 

Breckenridge History

Rascals & Scoundrels

Gold Rush History 

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The Vail Hiker

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Cross-Country Skiing 
and Snowshoeing 
in the beautiful Vail
Stunning Holy Cross Wilderness Trails!

50 Trails around Eagle County's
Beaver Creek,
Minturn, Avon,
Edwards and Eagle and the stunning Holy Cross Wilderness

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The Summit Hiker

Cross-Country Skiing 
and Snowshoeing 
in Historic Summit County, Colorado.

History-rich gold rush country where mining, railroad and ghost town relics abound.

50 Trails into the back country around Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Keystone Resort, Copper Mountain Resort and the pristine Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Areas.

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Updated July 7, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Mary Ellen Gilliland. All rights reserved.