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blue North Trail - Western Section


4.4 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 875' 267 m
Descent: -1,390' -424 m
High: 9,202' 2,805 m
Low: 7,911' 2,411 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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

Nick Wilder

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Closed April 15-June 20.


This trail is better ridden east to west, as shown here.

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!


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Sep 4, 2018
Anthony Cornel
Jul 14, 2018
Noel Jones
Jun 21, 2018
Jason Zerbe
upper section open as of June 20
Nov 9, 2017
Raúl Gross
Sep 17, 2017
Whitney Whyte
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

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