Hike Red Buffalo Pass, Frisco to East Vail

Rate this Adventure Meadow Creek Trail

Two Mountain passes and a chance to hike from Frisco to Vail with views unforgettable.

Starting at the Meadow Creek trailhead in Frisco, you'll find yourself ending up in East Vail at Gore Lake Trailhead. See all photos here

The trail in Meadow Creek starts to climb at a gradual pace for the 3-4 miles, after a mile or so, take a look back upon the views of Lake Dillion. You'll arrive around mile 4 in a valley of mountains, to your right you'll see Eccless Pass - which you end up climbing, and behind you can you view the peaks of the 10 mountains range and even peek over at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. 

At about 5 miles you'll start the steep climb up Eccles Pass before dropping down into a valley to pass a couple ponds and views unlike you've seen before. This is your halfway point, enjoy being at what seemingly feels like the top of the world.

At mile 6 you'll climb to the top of Red Buffalo Pass, for the best views yet, I won't spoil it with a description, just get there to see for yourself. At the top of this pass you'll be sitting high on the continental divide, pretty cool to think about.

Dropping down into the other side you'll find yourself in the heart of the gore range. The descent is steep, and you'll be glad you went the point to point way you did.

You'll follow the trail down onto the valley floor and make your way out into East Vail.

Bring your camera, its something you'll surely not want to forget. 

See all photos from our adventure here. Also bring your pup!

DISCLAIMER: we went the third weekend in October, I would recommend hitting this hike sometime between July and September, otherwise you'll find more snow that you can ask for.  

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack
  • Smiles
  • Dogs
  • Friends
  • Satellite Phone if applicable
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RT Distance 13.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 3400 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Point-to-Point


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