“A fairly steep trail featuring some of the best views of the Vail Valley.
— Mikhaila Redovian
Fall Colors — Lake — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
One of Vail's gems, this trail is a great way to get away from the hubbub of the main village in the warmer months.
The trail is steep, and there are enough vistas that you'll want to take a little extra time enjoying yourself on this one. Winding through lush aspen groves, and passing stout spruces, you'll find plenty of photo opportunities. The views of the Vail Valley are unparalleled, and you'll also be able to sneak peeks at the Gore Range.
About 2 miles or so into this trail, you'll hit the 60' Booth Falls, arguably one of the most scenic points on the trail. Take a moment to appreciate the pristine, clear water before passing on your way up to Booth Lake. The majority of hikers turn around at the waterfall, and your hike will be much quieter above this point.
Pass through many meadows, often filled with wildflowers for 2 more miles to Booth Lake. The lake is well above tree line and circled with cool craggy peaks. Explore around the lake, then return the way you came.
The only thing that isn't in abundance here is parking. As a popular trail, be sure to plan for either an early morning, or a longer walk back to your car, as the small lot at the trailhead only has room for about 8 cars.
The trail winds through mixed spruce and aspen forests, and you're likely to see squirrels, birds and other small woodland critters. It's not a bad idea to bring a bear bell, as scat is often present on the trail.