4.7 miles (one way)
Trail Use: Light to Moderate
Open To: XC, Snowshoe, Snowmobile
Ending Elevation: 11,165 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. Travel 3 miles up Red Sandstone to
Lost Lake Road #786. Turn right here and travel another 1.35 miles to
Middle Creek Road.
This is the most popular route to the Eiseman Hut. Eiseman Hut is part of the
10th Mountain Division Hut Association system and can be reserved in advance at www.huts.org or (970) 925-5775. Excellent views of the Gore and
Ranges are abundant on this route.
Snowmobiles may be encountered on the first 1.5 miles of road due to a commercial snowmobile guide service that is located on
Red Sandstone 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. Turn right here and follow for 1.35 miles to
Middle Creek Road on the right.
Middle Creek Road meanders another 4.7 miles to the Eiseman
Hut. Snowmobilers need to be aware that motorized vehicles are not allowed within 1/4 mile of any of the district’s 10th Mountain Division Huts. Due to its distance from the parking area (18.1 miles round trip) this trail receives less use towards the top and is suggested for skiers in good physical condition.