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North Trail - Eastern Section

Intermediate
 3.3 (4)

Lovely singletrack through aspen groves with big views.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Point to Point

9,420' 2,871 m

High

8,256' 2,516 m

Low

857' 261 m

Up

1,195' 364 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Closed April 15 to June 20

Description

Note that the North Trail is three fairly distinct trail segments: this one, North Trail - Middle Section, and my favorite North Trail - Western Section.

This trail can be done point to point in either direction, and it's sometimes combined with Son of Middle Creek. So I'll describe it three ways:

1. From the intersection with Son of Middle Creek, go west down fairly dense aspen forest with more nice views of Vail and Mount of the Holy Cross. It's moderately easy for this area - rated intermediate going up or down.

2. From the same intersection, you can also go east. This direction has a skinnier, steeper trail that sees much less traffic. The narrow trail has steep drop-offs and a couple rock steps.

3. Going point to point in either direction works too, and either way you'll have a big climb and a big descent. West to east is the easier direction, and you'll get a longer, gentler descent.

This trail gets pretty hot in the middle of the day in summer - it's fairly exposed on the full south-facing slopes.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Michael Beach

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

#15

in Vail

#26101

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Trail Rankings

#15

in Vail

#2,145

in Colorado

#26,101

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Photos

View of Vail Village
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
View of the Lionshead part of Vail
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Great views on a nice descent through the aspens.
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Towering aspens
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Nice views through the sparse aspen forest
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
Good views from up high
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO

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