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North trail trailhead sign
creek on north trail vail
North Trail Sign
North Trail in vail
North Trail Creek
North Trail singletrack

North Trail (Trapper’s Run)

0.7 miles (one way)

CLOSED April 15 – June 20

The trail climbs gradually through pine and aspen. Along the way, there are good views of Vail Mountain. The trail ends on Davos Road. Turning right will take you to the remainder of the North Trail. Follow the road for about 0.4 miles and take a left at the trail sign to continue on the North Trail (Cortina Lane to Buffehr Creek section).

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

Show Your Love for Vail Trails

Hiking in Vail goes hand in hand with caring for our pristine natural environment. Here’s how you can do your part!

Stay on the Trail

No shortcuts - going off trail compromises trail construction, kills the vegetation, increases soil erosion and may result in reduced water quality.

Pack Out Trash

Stash it until you can trash it - anything you bring with you, you must pack back out! Trash can hurt wildlife and contaminate water ways.

Dog Do's and Don'ts

Do pick up the doo – pack out all dog poop. Don’t let dogs off leash – this is to protect them from wildlife and wildlife from them.

Respect Wildlife

Give them space - observe wildlife from a distance and do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals as it can alter their behavior.

Plan Ahead

Take the trail less traveled - there are over a hundred miles of hiking trails in the Vail area! Use the trail guide to discover area trails and whenever possible ride a bike or take a FREE Town of Vail bus to the trailhead.

Driving Directions

Access: Travel west on I-70 to Exit 173 for West Vail. Proceed west on the North Frontage Road for 1/4 mile. The trailhead is on the left at the first turn in the road. Parking is available on the right just before the turn in the road.

Bus to Hike

Take the West Vail Red bus

  • Park for free in Vail Village or Lionshead structures and take a free bus to West Vail
  • Get off at the Chamonix bus stop
  • Walk down North Frontage Road for 200 yards
  • You will see the Arosa Trailhead