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A big climb with views, but not as good as its neighbors.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

9,059' 2,761 m

High

8,246' 2,513 m

Low

830' 253 m

Up

655' 200 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

This trail is subject to a USFS seasonal closure from 4/15- 6/20 to protect deer and elk during calving season

Description

This trail is MUCH steeper on the western section. Decide if you like going up or down the steep section and choose your direction appropriately.

Start with exposed singletrack up lots of switchbacks. It's not that much vertical, but it's hot, exposed, and noisy due to the highway.

Once at the top of the climb, the trail goes through aspens along the top of a rock band and intersects with Buffehr Creek Trail. Continue left and start the descent. It is very steep with a few waterbars to step over.

Eventually you'll reach a nice creek, cross it, and continue a short way to an intersection with Buffehr Creek Connector, where you can either end your hike or continue on to North Trail - Western Section (my favorite section of the North Trail).

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Michael Beach and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

#16

in Vail

#27349

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Trail Rankings

#16

in Vail

#2,247

in Colorado

#27,349

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Over the big climb, you enter cool, flatter forested terrain.
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Starting the descent, with views of Vail and the Gore Range.
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
Good wildflowers in this sunny section.
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO

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