7.8 miles (one way)
Trail Use: Light to Moderate
Open To: XC, Snowshoe, Snowmobile
Ending Elevation: 10,213 feet
USGS Map(s): Vail West
Access from Vail
: Exit I-70 at Vail exit 176 and take the
North Frontage Road west to
Red Sandstone Road. Turn right and follow to the winter road closure gate and park here.
Due to past timber sales, this trail offers many excellent open areas suitable for cross-country skiing. Excellent views of the Gore and
Ranges are abundant. Snowmobiles may be encountered on the first 1.5 miles of road due to a commercial snowmobile guide service that is located on
Red Sandston Road.
The trail begins at the Forest Service road closure on
Red Sandstone Road #700. It follows this road for 3 miles to the junction with
Lost Lake Road #786. After the junction at
Road, three more junctions are encountered. The left fork should be taken in each case as the trail follows
Lost Lake Road for 4 miles to the trailhead for the Lost Lake Trail. One more mile, and the trail ends at
Lake is a popular place to hike or drive to in the summer. However, due to its distance from the parking area (15 miles round trip) it receives less use in the winter and is suggested for skiers in good physical condition.