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

Quick Facts

Red & White Mountain Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters) at junction with Red Sandstone Road
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,100 Feet (342.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,350 Feet (3226.3 Meters) at junction with June Creek Road
High Point: 10,700 Feet (3335.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 11.4 Miles (19.0 Kilometers) from Red Sandstone Road to June Creek Road
Road Number: 734
Ti Topo Maps: #121 Eagle, Avon; #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
USGS Maps: Vail West; Edwards




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General Description

INTRODUCTION
This all day excursion is perfect for families, or those wanting a little practice with their four wheel drive off-road skills. The road leaves from Vail, and shortly joins Red Sandstone Road, a two wheel drive dirt road with great scenery.

This road is graded, but frequently is 'wash-boarded' so drive slowly! Additionally, you will encounter a lot of traffic on this road, including bikers and hikers. Please exercise caution!

When you reach the trailhead, you'll notice a decrease in other travelers. At the trailhead, you'll also notice a large timber sale area. Please stay on the road here, since erosion is a major concern. This portion of the road is frequently muddy, but most of the road stays dry.

There are places with views of Vail ski mountain, but they are easy to miss if you don't pull over at the right spot. Continuing on the road, you'll come to an intersection at mile 2.7, Forest Service road #744. The right spur will take you over Muddy Pass, the left down through June Creek.

Muddy Pass becomes more difficult from here, and you should plan a full day to complete this loop. June Creek also becomes a bit more difficult at this point, but stays close to town, and will only take about an hour from this point.

TRAIL TIPS
Please help us control erosion, and stay on this road at all times. This is especially true at the beginning creek crossing. The beginning of this road is very narrow, watch for vehicles traveling in the other direction.

Muddy Pass area is properly named after the road condition following a rain storm. AVOID TRAVELING ON THIS ROAD WHEN WET!!!

Furthermore, you can not access the Town of Edwards from June Creek. The road is closed at the bottom.

Directions from Vail: From the main Vail roundabout, 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.Follow this main road. At 5 miles from the start of the dirt road, you'll see a large meadow and take a left. Continue down the road until you reach a "Y". Follow the right fork and you are located on the Red and White Road. June Creek or Muddy Pass can be accessed from this area. Please REFER TO A RELIABLE MAP.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 east to the main Vail exit (#176). From the main Vail roundabout, 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.Follow this main road. At 5 miles from the start of the dirt road, you'll see a large meadow and take a left. Continue down the road until you reach a "Y". Follow the right fork and you are located on the Red and White Road. June Creek or Muddy Pass can be accessed from this area. Please REFER TO A RELIABLE MAP.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: seasons vary depending on snow depth) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN. But expect snow and muddy conditions. Please stay on the road and not drive into meadows. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:36:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON ATV Riding
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding
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.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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