A contractor will be replacing culverts on Muddy Pass FSR 700 approx. 1.6 miles up from CO 131 on the west side of the road. They will start sometime in September 2016 (after completing work on East Fork Eagle Road FSR714, they will start on Muddy Pass) and have 2 weeks to accomplish this work. No drive around the project site and it will be a full closure. Piney Lake will still be accessible from Red Sandstone Road north of Vail.
This dirt road begins at the paved Red Sandstone Road near Vail and ends at either Piney Lake or Hwy 131 north of Wolcott: This road gets heavy vehicle traffic and also a fair number of mountain bike riders, so please share the road. The climb is gradual and steady, and all but the very lowest of passenger cars can handle this relatively easy dirt road. The road winds its way up along Red Sandstone Creek and then Indian Creek with occasional views south over Vail Mountain, before reaching its high point near the trailhead for Lost Lake Trail. Here you can choose to head west toward Muddy Pass and Hwy 131, or head toward Piney Lake as your destination. Enjoy the peace and beauty here or take a hike up the Upper Piney River Trail, but remember that the lake is surrounded by the Eagles Nest Wilderness and is closed to bikes.
At a Glance
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Directions: Exit I-70 at Vail exit 176 and take the North Frontage Road west to Red Sandstone Road. Turn right and follow to a gate where the dirt road begins.