Son of Middle Creek is a classic Vail Valley ride with moderate
singletrack and a variety of terrain.
Vail Velo Members Rating:
June 15 - April 15
(Closed April 16 - June 14)
How to Get There:
Drive west on Interstate 70 to Exit 176 (Vail). Head west on North
Frontage Road and turn right on Red Sandstone Road. Drive 0.35 to
the Red Sandstone Trailhead. Parking is available here.
Start from the Red Sandstone Trailhead and ride about 3 miles to
the junction of FS 700 and FS 786. Turn right on FS 786 and ride
0.15 miles to the start of The Son of Middle Creek Trail (FS
#2136). The trail begins with a slight climb before it descends
into the first creek crossing. The trail then climbs from the creek
and contours before heading into a second creek crossing. The trail
continues through pine forest and aspen groves. After another 1.5
miles, riders come to an intersection. Here, there are two options
Option 1 (2.0 miles):
The trail that continues left is more
technical than option two, taking riders through rocky sections and
switchbacks. As the trail descends towards Vail it travels through
a large meadow and then over a bridge at Middle Creek. Turn right
after the bridge and continue down to Middle Creek Trailhead.
Return to the start by riding 2.9 miles on North Frontage Rd. Turn
right on Red Sandstone Rd and ride 0.35 miles back to the Red
Option 2 (2.0 miles):
Riders who turn right will descend an
easier route along a newer section of singletrack. This route has a
few switchbacks and will exit on to Red Sandstone Road (FS 700).
Turn left and ride about 1.0 mile back to Red Sandstone
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