North Trail - Western Section
ElevationAscent: 875' 267 m
Descent: -1,390' -424 m
High: 9,202' 2,805 m
Low: 7,911' 2,411 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
Current trail conditions
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“The best of the North Trail, with aspens, wildflowers, and jaw-dropping views.”— Nick Wilder
Locals suggestion: riding the trail west to east is not only a local faux pas, but entails riding uphill around numerous blind corners and thick vegetation where you could have close calls with riders going downhill along the traditional east to west route. Though this is not a downhill only trail, please be considerate and ride east to west. Hikers typically are encountered going both ways, so do your local mtn bike riders a favor: go east to west and reduce likelihood of accidents!
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!
Local Club: Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association
Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office