North Trail - Western Section

 8 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

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

Nick Wilder

Overview

Closed April 15-June 15.

Description

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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Jul 18, 2017
Rommy Ko
Loved this trail. Good climb up - singletrack all the way - reward on top with stunning view! On the way down we saw a herd of sheep in the forest
Jul 14, 2017
August Horning
great views 4.4mi
Jul 13, 2017
August Horning
long climb, slippery diwnhill 4.4mi
Jun 16, 2017
ethan davis
a lot of trees down waiting for forest service to clean them out if you ride be aware of trees
Oct 22, 2016
19hz Brown
Sep 7, 2016
Jay Creighton
Aug 4, 2015
Autumn Warrington
Jul 21, 2014
Taylor Story
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