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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 42 riders

Mountain Biking North Trail

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Ride up the Single track climbing out of the parking lot on the west side. Climb steadily then start
to descend. At mile 2.2 take a left, the trail now becomes more technical. At mile 2.7 pass a
spuron the left and then cross Buffeher Creek. At mile 3.1 turn right and begin to climb again. A
left here and another left dumps you out at the Buffeher Trailhead if you need to get off the trail
here is a good point. At mile 5 top out on the climband then descend. At mile 6 turn left and
continue descending as the trail gets harder. At mile 6.6 you dump out on the Davos Hill Climb
Trail. Turn right and climb up the short but steep section. At mile 7 turn left onto the last portion
of the North Trail. At mile 7.7 you exit off the North Trail, turn right and then immediatly left
heading east on the North Frontage Road. Follow this untill you come to the intersection with Red
Sandstone Road. Turn left and ride up the hill to your car.

First added by Lancefan on Aug 21, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Exit 1-70 at Vail (176) and head West on the North Frontage Road. Travel almost a mile before turning right on Red Sandstone Road. Continue on Red Sandstone Road untill a switchback with a trailhead on the left, park there.
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  • Snowassault18

    Leaving the parking lot it is a little over grown on the first 200 yards of trail but after that it is a perfect single track for the climb up. Make sure you legs are ready for it even though it is a steady switchback climb it is a fair amount of elevation gain with it. It is a great trail not to technical but has enough to keep you interested all along. You are rewarded with a down hill after the climb which is well received. Great views through out as well.

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  • John Fisch

    This trail is highly variable in quality. Some segments are better than others and even within some segments, there is a lot of variety. There are blazing fast sections and super tight switchbacks. There are smooth sections while others are badly rutted. Overall it's a good ride next to town, but that also means I-70, with all its traffic, is your constant companion. The trial is worthwhile by itself, but better as part of a larger loop with the other roads and trails above town to the north.

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  • stillfat

    Linked this with Son of Middle Creek to make a near 18 mile, 3800 ft elevation gain ride. The trail definitely has its moments - flowy, pretty singletrack in the aspens. Wasn't a fan of all the I-70 exposure, and a lot of the downhill is lost on steep, not-so-fun, rutted-out gullies. Worth a ride, but not a destination.

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  • Jesse Doll

    Super fun trail with many different options. Can connect with Davos Trail or Son of Middle Creek if you want to make it longer. Does have some fairly technical climbs throughout.

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    Hugs the northern hillside of the Vail Valley. Starts up Red Sandstone road and does an immediate climb up to an intersection with Buffher Creek trail (@ 2 mi.). Continue straight ahead for a steep and fast descent leading to a grunt of a climb back up through the aspens. Take a break at the overlook spot here you can see up and down valley in all directions. Descend down toward the Davos Trail and finish up in West Vail.

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  • Lancefan

    THis is a great trail with good views and amazing singletrack. It can be looped with Sonof Middle Creek and Davos also, to make it longer.

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