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Trail

3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,380' 421 m
Descent: -1,380' -420 m
High: 9,825' 2,995 m
Low: 8,445' 2,574 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Deservedly one of the most popular trails in Vail, up to a waterfall and back.

Nick Wilder

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This featured hike simply uses the first 2 miles of the Booth Creek Trail to make a short but steep out and back journey to the impressive waterfalls.

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Parking is tough - start early!

Description

The trail is steep, though there are several nice and cool aspen groves too keep you from overheating, especially near the beginning of the trail. 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.

You'll reach the falls in about 2 miles, and there are several vantage points to scout out. Some of the viewpoints are slick and dangerous - don't go right to the edge!

Once you've had your fill of the falls, make your way back down the same trail to the trailhead. On the way back, you'll have expansive views of the drainage that you climbed and the larger Vail Valley.

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Jun 15, 2019
Jacob Lewis
Jun 10, 2019
R Lee
Jun 10, 2019
Patrick Csongei
nice steady climb up to the falls. the beginning of this trail map is not accurate compared to the actual trail. some snow up higher that was kind… 4.2mi — 2h 30m
Mar 19, 2019
Wendy Thomajan
Oct 21, 2018
Mandy Bernstrauch
This was a great hike! Still lots of beautiful foliage to see near the end of the season. — 3h 30m
Sep 30, 2018
Aaron Mitz
3.8mi
Sep 25, 2018
Kelly R
Sep 8, 2018
Vanessa Bayer
Hike up the falls a bit and down the hill to get a better view of the falls. No bathrooms

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  4.4 from 42 votes

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