Red Sandstone Rd to Son of Middle Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,545' 471 m
Descent: -1,540' -469 m
High: 9,677' 2,950 m
Low: 8,248' 2,514 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A nice, relatively quick loop right from Vail Village.”— Nick Wilder
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
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.
Local Club: Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association
Aug 7, 2017: Adopt A Trail Mid Season Review
Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office