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Mountain Biking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Holy Cross Ranger District

Quick Facts

Red Sandstone/ Lost Lake Road Cross-country Ski Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,300 Feet (2587.3 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,858 Feet (579.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,158 Feet (3166.5 Meters)
Length, One-way: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) to Lost Lake
Road Number: FDR 700
Ti Topo Maps: #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
USGS Maps: Vail West




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General Description

INTRODUCTION

A scenic road that twists its way around the forests north of Vail for 7 miles to Lost Lake, or branches off to Piney Lake. A great location for snowmobiling, snow shoeing, or cross country skiing. Skiers and snowshoers should be aware that Red Sandstone Road can receive relatively heavy snowmobile traffic.

There are many spurs off of this road, including Red and White, Lost Lake, and more. Most of the spurs are considerably more difficult to travel, and may require overnight camping.


BACKCOUNTRY RESPONSIBILITY

It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and to take safety precautions at all times when you visit the National Forest. Changing terrain and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include, but are not limited to: severe weather, snow and avalanches, obstacles of all kinds such as rocks, trees and stumps; over exertions, hypothermia, and becoming lost; remnants of mining and other activities involving excavations and debris; and exposure to unreasonable acts of other people.

TRAIL TIPS

The trailhead has very limited parking. DO NOT PARK BY THE GATES.... these areas are used for vehicles to turn around. Obtain current avalanche information at 970-827-5687.

Lost Lake Road has many spurs and it's easy to get lost. Throughout three junctions, continue to take the left fork to reach the trailhead located one mile from Lost Lake.

Directions from Vail: From the main Vail interchange, travel west on North Frontage road for 1 mile. You'll see a sign on the right side of the road marked "Piney Lake/Red Sandstone Road". Turn right at the sign. At 3/10 of a mile from the turn-off follow the road to the right as it makes a hairpin turn and continues up the mountain. At 6/10 of a mile from the turn-off, you'll see a sign for Piney River Ranch at the beginning of a dirt road. This is the trailhead. Please park between the two gates.Follow Red Sandstone Road 3 miles to the junction with Lost Lake Road. The trail follows Lost Lake Road for 4 miles to the trailhead for the Lost Lake Trail. 1 mile from the trailhead, the trail ends at Lost Lake.

Directions from Beaver Creek: From the main Vail interchange, travel west on North Frontage road for 1 mile. You'll see a sign on the right side of the road marked "Piney Lake/Red Sandstone Road". Turn right at the sign. At 3/10 of a mile from the turn-off follow the road to the right as it makes a hairpin turn and continues up the mountain. At 6/10 of a mile from the turn-off, you'll see a sign for Piney River Ranch at the beginning of a dirt road. This is the trailhead. Please park between the two gates.Follow Red Sandstone Road 3 miles to the junction with Lost Lake Road. The trail follows Lost Lake Road for 4 miles to the trailhead for the Lost Lake Trail. 1 mile from the trailhead, the trail ends at Lost Lake.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing
Yes



Related Activities
Piney River/Sheephorn Creek General Forest Area - This area includes the Piney River and Sheephorn Creek drainages, north of Vail.

Red Sandstone/Piney River Ranch Road - Red Sandstone Road provides the main access to a large area north of Vail. The road begins in the town of Vail and is passable in two-wheel drive vehicles.



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Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343

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