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North Trail - Western Section

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

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


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.2

KM

Point to Point

9,202' 2,805 m

High

7,911' 2,411 m

Low

875' 267 m

Up

1,390' 424 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

The portion north of the Davos Trail is closed April 15 to June 20

Description

Access the start of this trail from the North Trail - Middle Section or up the short and easy Buffehr Creek Connector. The North Trail - Western Section 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 downhill 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.

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.

Definitely a highlight in the area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Michael Beach

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 6 votes

#7

in Vail

#10088

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#7

in Vail

#886

in Colorado

#10,088

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Good day hike with good scenic views, but close to the road.
Oct 20, 2020 near Vail, CO
The summit view on a grey day.
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
Flowers up to eye-level!
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
The summit viewpoint.
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO
Wide open meadows allow nice panoramas of the surrounding snow-covered peaks
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
The aspen forests get jungle-like on wet year.
Jul 6, 2015 near Vail, CO

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Jul 30, 2020
NickWilder Wilder-ap
Jul 7, 2020
Bobby Meyers
7mi — 2h 40m
Aug 30, 2019
Sam Klein
A bit more highway noise then described. Nice wild flowers. Gradual ascent 2mi
Aug 12, 2019
Andy Black
Jun 25, 2018
Jonathon Johnson
Jun 18, 2018
Wyatt DeLong
First hike in Colorado 2018 5.5mi
Sep 10, 2017
Jeru Kidder
Open and hot. 5.6mi
Jul 9, 2017
Becca Crotty