NORTH TRAIL #1896 -
RED SANDSTONE TO SON OF MIDDLE CREEK
3.9 miles (one way)
Trail Use: High
Open To: Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Ending Elevation: 8,204 ft.
USGS Map(s): Vail West, Vail East
Access from Vail
: From Exit 176 for Vail, travel west about 1 mile on the
North Frontage Road to
Red Sandstone Road. Turn right onto
Red Sandstone Road and proceed for 1.3 miles to a gate and the second of two intersections with the North Trail. This is the trailhead on the right.
Follow switchbacks as you climb steadily for about 2.3 miles to an intersection with the Son of Middle Creek Trail #2136. Views from here are excellent as this is one of the two highest points on the entire length of the North Trail. Stay right here and descend the last 1.6 miles of the North Trail to the
Spraddle Creek Road on the north side of the I-70 Exit 176 for Vail.