13.0 miles
2,188 ft
-2,189 ft
2 miles
High Point

Park at the North Trail parking lot trailhead on Red Sandstone Rd. Head up the paved road out of the parking lot and hit the dirt heading up Red Sandstone Rd towards Piney Lake.

Old FDR 724 can be tough to spot but its a much better option than taking the road all the way around to Buffehr. Keep an eye out for it after the big right hand turn switchback, then you'll see a gate on your right, and keep watching for faint singletrack on your left heading up into the trees. It can be steep and braided but its singletrack and the views of the Gore Range are incredible. You end at a campsite then head up the campsite road to Red & White Mountain Rd. Take a left and head towards Buffehr.

The first Buffehr singletrack section is fast and flowy with some tight trees and switchbacks. Then you jump across the road onto more singletrack followed by a downhill on doubletrack.

The doubletrack turns into singletrack and you begin a short climb. Then the fun, fast, downhill with some small drops through some of the best aspens in the Valley Take a left at the North Trail intersection and enjoy a mostly downhill ride back to the trailhead.

Detailed Description
Buffehr Creek Loop is a 13 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Vail Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,188 ft with a max elevation of 10,078 ft then descends -2,189 ft.
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More Stats for Buffehr Creek Loop mountain bike route
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    2 hr 3 min
  • Altitude min
    8,242 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,243 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,245 ft
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,429 ft
Avg: 3 (2 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Buffehr Creek Road
Sep 1, 2023 @ 6:23am
Sep 1, 2023
Buffehr Creek
Aug 16, 2023 @ 3:11am
Aug 16, 2023
Old FDR 724
Aug 16, 2023 @ 3:11am
Aug 16, 2023
Couple of downed trees but overall very rideable
Buffehr Creek Cut
Aug 16, 2023 @ 3:11am
Aug 16, 2023
North Trail Connector
Jun 22, 2023 @ 3:57pm
Jun 22, 2023
Trails are open open for the season. VVMTA and Forest Service crews are working hard to clear any trees that may have fallen over the winter and spring. Trails should be fully cleared by Saturday 6/24 but trees often fall after the initial clearing has been done so don't let your guard down. reporter
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  • By esaeger1 VVMTA & contributors
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