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Red Sandstone Rd to Son of Middle Creek



7.6 mile 12.3 kilometer loop
45% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,545' 471 m
Descent: -1,540' -469 m
High: 9,677' 2,950 m
Low: 8,248' 2,514 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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A nice, relatively quick loop right from Vail Village.

Nick Wilder

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The singletrack is closed closed May 1 - June 20th


Working your way up Red Sandstone Rd isn't great - there can be a lot of cars on weekends, but you get a surprisingly long and fun singletrack for all that work. Cool views of the ski area, but you definitely won't feel like you're off in the wilderness.


Starting at the Spraddle Creek Trailhead near the main Vail exit, grind your way up Red Sandstone Rd. The grade is moderate, but it's over 1,500 vertical to gain, so take your time. On weekends, cars can be annoying, but the road is wide and fairly safe for them to pass.

After a couple miles, you come to a fork in the road. Red Sandstone goes straight (the left option) and you would follow it to get to Bufferhr Creek trail or to the Piney Lake area. For this ride, you take the right option, which is called Lost Lake Road.

Stay on that road for only a couple hundred feet, and look for the singletrack (signed) heading off to the right.

The trail is a pleasant climb for 200 more vertical feet, and then the descent starts. The forest in this area is partially dead (pine bark beetles), but most of it is spectacular aspen groves. Smooth singletrack and great views abound.

After a couple miles of descending, you reach the North Trail (East). Take a right to get back to Red Sandstone Road and a short descent to where you started (shown here). Alternatively, take a left on the North trail for a longer option that includes more singletrack and a longer descent. This will spit you out right at the main Vail highway exit. Take the frontage road a couple tenths of a mile back to your car.


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Sep 28, 2019
Joe Seufert
10mi — 10h 00m
Jul 5, 2019
Daniel Rahmani
Sep 23, 2018
Laura Ryan
Sep 1, 2018
Nick Wilder
Aug 10, 2018
Jason Levy
Jul 28, 2017
Nick Wilder
Saw a stoat!
Jun 27, 2017
Jason Newcomer
Stunning descent! Nice and flowey 7.7mi
Oct 29, 2016
Mary Hamilton

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Towering aspens
Nov 16, 2012 near Vail, CO
Great views on a nice descent through the aspens.
Jun 6, 2013 near Vail, CO
An Aspen alley on Son of Middle Creek.
Oct 12, 2015 near Vail, CO
A great trail for fall color.
Sep 16, 2016 near Vail, CO
The transition from Son of Middle Creek to North Trail.
Oct 12, 2015 near Vail, CO
View of Vail Village
Nov 6, 2012 near Vail, CO


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