Son of a Buffehr
ElevationAscent: 3,139' 957 m
Descent: -3,139' -957 m
High: 10,253' 3,125 m
Low: 8,264' 2,519 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
Popular rides nearby
Buffehr Creek Loop
14.3 mi 23.1 km • Loop • 2,087 ft Ascent 636.04 m Ascent
Game Creek Ride
10.5 mi 16.8 km • Point to Point • 386 ft Ascent 117.79 m Ascent
Beaver Creek > Cinch > Corkscrew > Aspen Glade
8.0 mi 12.8 km • Loop • 1,843 ft Ascent 561.81 m Ascent
Berry Creek Loop
3.9 mi 6.2 km • Loop • 890 ft Ascent 271.13 m Ascent
Chaco's TenFoot Loop
14.4 mi 23.1 km • Loop • 1,769 ft Ascent 539.22 m Ascent
2.7 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 415 ft Ascent 126.48 m Ascent
“A big loop of mostly singletrack with a backcountry feel.”— Zach Hope
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Take a left onto Son of Middle Creek, on which you'll continue singletrack climbing through more aspens before starting a rolling cross-gradient stretch. You'll be thankful for the occasional downhills here.
Take a right at the intersection with Fire road to Lost Lake Trail (786). This smooth fire road climbs gently but steadily back toward Lost Lake. After about three miles on this fire road, a left turn brings you to a rockier and steeper climb that continues until the trailhead on the left for Lost Lake Trail.
Lost Lake Trail from east to west starts with rooty, rocky climbs, and you'll really be ready for a break when you happen upon the beautiful Lost Lake. Find your favorite log and enjoy a snack and serenity.
When you're ready, continue around the right (north) side of the lake over and around logs to regain the trail. You'll encounter a very challenging, rocky climb before the midway point of this trail, after which you'll enjoy a pretty long, fun downhill stretch with plenty of rock launches.
Take a left onto the unpaved Piney Lake Rd (700) (or Red Sandstone Rd) for just a bit before a gradual climb begins again after a right turn onto Red and White Mountain Rd (734). This will be your last significant climbing for the day, on a scenic and fairly smooth unpaved road.
Look for the beginning of the singletrack Buffehr Creek Trail at a right-hand switchback in the road. Enjoy well-earned fast turns and great scenery as you head down toward Vail.
Take a left at the intersection with North Trail - Middle Section and experience a quick drop in elevation via tight switchbacks and cliffside moments. Watch for other trail users on this stretch in particular. There are a lot of blind corners and not much room for error. This trail will thankfully return you directly to your parking spot.
Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District