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North Trail (Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone) (CLOSED April 15 – June 20)

Town of Vail Hiking Information for North Trail (Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone)

North Trail (Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone) (CLOSED April 15 – June 20)

Length: 3.7 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate

From the Buffehr Creek trailhead, cross the bridge and proceed about 1/4 mile before turning right at the first junction (the trail to the left takes you to Garmisch Drive). Continue north approximately another 1/2 mile, ascending a series of switchbacks, to the North Trail junction and stay right. After passing a beaver pond on the right, cross Buffehr Creek. From Buffehr Creek, climb steeply for approximately one mile on an open hillside. At the top of the switchbacks, take the right fork to stay on the North Trail (the Buffehr Creek Trail departs the North Trail and heads left/north). From here the trail enters an aspen stand, and openings along the way provide scenic views to the south and east. Begin the descent to Red Sandstone via a series of switchbacks where the stand of aspen begins to thin. The first couple switchbacks offer outstanding views of the Gore Range and the Red Sandstone drainage.


 Crowds: Moderate.


 Access: Travel west on I-70 to Exit 173 for West Vail. Turn right and proceed east on the North Frontage Road for 0.5 miles to Buffehr Creek Road. Turn left and continue to the trailhead on the left. There is limited parking at this trailhead.


 Bus to Hike: Take the free West Vail Red bus and get off at the Buffehr Creek bus stop. Walk up Buffehr Creek Road a 1/4 mile and you will see the Buffehr Creek Trailhead.


Trail Adopted By: Vail Public Safety, Vail Recreation District, East West Partners, Town of Vail Employees, Marriott Streamside

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