North Trail - Western Section

 3 votes

4.4 Miles 7.2 Kilometers

Singletrack

875' 267 m

Ascent

-1,390' -424 m

Descent

9,202' 2,805 m

High

7,911' 2,411 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

All Clear

9,202' 2,805 m

High

7,911' 2,411 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

The best of the North Trail, with aspens, wildflowers, and jaw-dropping views.

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Closed April 15-June 15.
This trail is better ridden east to west, as shown here. Access the start of this trail by either riding North Trail - Middle Section or up the short and easy Buffehr Creek Connector. This trail is also called Trappers Run.

Start up an easy, smooth, gradual ascent up deep aspen forest. It's thick and lush here with lots of wildflowers, and you can't hear the highways, which is a nice bonus. It's a good climb, but relatively easy for this area.

Arrive at the top of the climb to a meadow with expansive views from the Gore Range all the way to the Holy Cross Wilderness. This is one of the better views in the entire Vail Valley.

Start the descent with well over a mile of gradual descending through beautiful aspen forests. The trail then gets quite steep for about a half mile and a little looser. This would probably be rated difficult if you were ascending here, but the descent is not too hard.

Arrive at a dirt road. If you're tired, there's a quick escape to West Vail to the left, but to get some more singletrack, go right. Follow this road into and out of a creek and find the last bit of the North Trail singletrack on your left after half a mile. This last section has some smooth, pretty easy switchbacks down to the valley floor.

This trail isn't very long, but it's damn good!

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Sep 7, 2016
Jay Creighton
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Jul 21, 2014
Taylor Story
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Taylor Story
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Nick Wilder
Sep 28, 2013
Nick Wilder
Sep 7, 2013
Janet Prevey
Aug 17, 2013
Tom DeScisciolo
The climb up was tough, especially for a flat lander like me getting used to the altitude. The descent was fast and mostly smooth. The steepest p... — 2h 15m

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