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Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop

Vail

Gore + Mosquito Range, Colorado

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Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop

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  • Riding up Red Sandstone Road for the Son of Mill Creek Trail.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Aspen leaves blowing in the wind along Red Sandstone Road.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Red Sandstone Road can be dusty if there is a lot of traffic.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • The last climb up the Son of Mill Creek Trail.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Son of Mill Creek Trail.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Speed is your friend through the straights.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Arborglyphs in the aspen along the Son of Mill Trail.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Blasting through the golden aspen groves.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Carving lines is easy on this swift decent.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Smooth and tightly packed earth speeds you on the way.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • This trail is an impressive sight in the fall.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • The trees tower over the trail for much needed shade.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • The forest glows with golden hues.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Last seeds of fall line the trail.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • Aspen leaves cover the forest floor like an impressionist painting.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • The trail is quick and smooth the whole way down.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
  • The fall colors invade Vail in late September.- Son of Mill Creek Trail Mountain Bike Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful route through aspen groves. Ride from Vail. Smooth, fast downhill flow.
Cons: 
Red Sandstone Road can be busy on the weekends.
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Region:
Gore + Mosquito Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
5.77 mi (9.29 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
BLUE
Trailhead Elev.: 
8,635 ft (2,632 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,430 ft (436 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy until afternoon.
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Wed

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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Thu

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Fri

Light snow (< 1 in.) in the morning.
41°F
25°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
54°F
23°

Sun

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
57°F
31°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
54°F
32°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Son of Mill Trail is a great introduction to incredible mountain biking near Vail. You'll gain almost 1,500 feet as you grunt up Red Sandstone Road only to be rewarded by a ripping descent through the aspen-trimmed mountain meadows on tight twisting single track all the way back to town. The route described here is a loop that can be made into several different rides if you want to continue to Lost Lake and beyond.

In the fall, the golden aspens light up the trail with their brilliant hue. The trees are so thick in some sections that the entire forest turns a pale yellow in the late afternoon. The trail is smooth and narrow with tightly packed dirt to help you maximize speed and optimize the fun on the way down. There isn't much in the way of berms, rocks, or tech moves; nothing but smiles from the moment you crest the hill and head back down the mountain toward town. 

Vail is a bustling little city with an almost magnetic attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Besides hiking, biking, and skiing, Vail offers a rich tapestry of festivals, markets, and kid-friendly adventures not to be missed if you have extra time to spend. Once you've finished with the Son of Mill Trail Mountain Bike Loop, head into town for a bite to eat and to check out this quintessential Rocky Mountain town.

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