Note that the North Trail is three fairly distinct trail segments: this one, North Trail - Middle Section
, and my favorite North Trail - Western Section
This trail can be done point to point in either direction, and it's sometimes combined with Son of Middle Creek
. So I'll describe it three ways:
1. From the intersection with Son of Middle Creek
, go west down fairly dense aspen forest with more nice views of Vail and Mount of the Holy Cross. It's moderately easy for this area - rated intermediate going up or down.
2. From the same intersection, you can also go east. This direction has a skinnier, steeper trail that sees much less traffic. The narrow trail has steep drop-offs and a couple rock steps.
3. Going point to point in either direction works too, and either way you'll have a big climb and a big descent. West to east is the easier direction, and you'll get a longer, gentler descent.
This trail gets pretty hot in the middle of the day in summer - it's fairly exposed on the full south-facing slopes.