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Son of Middle (Creek)

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

The climb/descent ratio of this ride makes it a keeper. Manage your energy on the climb to the trailhead - there is a substantial backside climb that you can make if you still have the legs. The ride includes water crossings, log ramps, logs, boulders and greasy desert shale.
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Latitude
39.692658260020266
Longitude
-106.39074325561523
Trail Directions
At the main Vail roundabout, take the frontage road on the north side of I-70 west past the Redsandstone Elementary school. There is a park that you can leave your car at just west of the pedestrian bridge. After leaving your car, continue west on the bikepath, take a right at Redsandstone Rd and start the climb. Follow the pavement through two switchbacks and at the third you will take a dirt road that leads to a few different rides. This dirt road leads to Piney Lake. From the dirt to the Lost Lake turn off is six miles. Take the Lost Lake turn off, but the Son of Middle trailhead is about 500 yards ahead, on your right.
Trail Length
2.8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Vail
   


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Review Date
July 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Beef from Avon ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail on 7/11/03. Great single track thru the Aspens. Not too much climbing, did have to do a liitle hiking and biking. Awesome views as you head on down to Red Sandstone Rd. Took the North Trail down the Rd. Views from the North Trail fork are amazing.

Recommended Route:
Above directions on the money. Trail signed was ripped off so just make sure you go about 1/2 mile on Lost Lake Rd and then take a right onto trail. Took me about an hour and a half. Climbing up the road took about 45 mintues.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Trail, Grand Traverse on Vail Mtn, Meadow Mtn



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Review Date
June 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Vince Talavera , from Cherry Creek, Denver

Summary:
Nice warmup climb on fire road to the actual trailhead... Quite a few cars kick up dust, but dont worry, youll be smiling from ear to ear on the singletrack.. At Lost Lake turnoff head up on the right for about .5 to the trailhead.. This trail has some of the nicest tight Aspen laden singletrack in the state.. Some log obstacles to try towards bottom.
A real blast as you come out of aspens and descend towards I-70... Go hang out at the Red Lion in Vail Village after your ride for a well deserved burger and a Fat Tire....

Recommended Route:
Park in Vail Village Lot and take bike path to bridge over I70.. Find and climb up red sandstone - when road forks turn right and find singletrack signpost in less than .5 mile on right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lost Lake ride is a Ricola commercial.. Amazing...



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Review Date
September 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: isaac , from boulder

Summary:
Yep it's a nice medium effort medium length ride. Maybe 2 hrs ride time at average pace. LOTS of fun. I like this kind of mostly buff trail with a decent but not lung busting rd climb. One you hit the singletrack you're still climbing (not too steeply) for at least half an hour but then when the down kicks in all is forgotten. Trail is really nicely constructed and maintained - good sidehilling and switchbacks that are doable. Nice views of the ski hill, the aspens, etc - lots of deer about as well. You could connect this with other sections of North trail or Lost Lake or others for more riding pleasure. But if you want an afternoon cruise to introduce you to the area I certainly would give 5 stars.

Recommended Route:
up red sandstone - when road forks turn right and find singletrack signpost in less than .5 mile on right - then right on only other intersection onto North trail (this is the new connecter I take it from other posts) and real fun downhill to red sandstone rd. left on road more maybe 1 mile back to car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Meadow mtn in Minturn (actually before Minturn off interstate 70) is fantastic - longer and more tech than son of - so make it your next stop. Also if you like long rides the Colorado trail Swan river (listed on mtbr) is one of my favorites in the state and butter smooth!



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Review Date
September 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bryan , from Vail, Colorado

Summary:
The Town of Vail has extended the North Trail to intercept this trail about 1/2 the way down. Take a right on this new singletrack for a fun, fast trek to Red Sandstone Road. Better yet, ride up Red Sandstone to this new trail, (it will be on your right, about 1 mile up the dirt road), and connect with the Son of Middle Creek downhill, if you're interested in a change.

Recommended Route:
Same as above, except take new singletrack about 1/2 way down to the right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buffehr Creek, North Trail



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Review Date
June 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Brent , from Vail

Summary:
Great short trail. I like to ride Lost Lake and then head up FS 700 and take this trail back to town. Great singletrack with an awesome view of Mt. of the Holy Cross. The USFS is building a connector route from the gulch where the "fire danger" sign and gate are to the SOMC trail - can't wait till it's done. If you're in Vail, ride this one. Be advised the trail is closed in the spring until June 16th due to elk calving. Please respect the closure - plenty of time to ride it afterwards.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lineshack, Grand Traverse, Buffehr Creek. If you need a good local bike shop, try Vail Bicycle Services (VBS) in Lionshead.



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