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Booth Creek Falls

Intermediate
 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Out and Back

9,751' 2,972 m

High

8,449' 2,575 m

Low

1,302' 397 m

Up

1,302' 397 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Parking is terrible here! The lot is virtually guaranteed to be full. If school is not in session, you might be able to park at the Vail Mountain School at the base of the hill, but you should really park at the Vail Transporation Center and take the bus here.

Overview

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

Need to Know

This is a very popular trail at certain times of the season and parking can be very limited. Please consider other hiking other trails as this trail is likely to be very busy.

Parking is very limited at the trailhead but hikers can park in the Vail Mountain School parking lot when school is not in session. We strongly encourage taking the free East Vail blue line shuttle, which runs every 30 minutes, from the Vail Transportation Center to the Booth Falls stop. Walk up Booth Falls Road a quarter mile to the trailhead.

Description

The trail is steep, though there are several nice and cool aspen groves to 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'l 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 2 miles, and there are several vantage points to scout out. Some fo the points are slick and dangerous - and very deadly!

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

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Nick Wilder

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Unbelievable fall colors
Oct 4, 2019 near Vail, CO
Overlook near the falls.
Oct 10, 2017 near Vail, CO
On top of the waterfall.
Oct 10, 2017 near Vail, CO
Booth Creek Trail up to the waterfall.
Oct 10, 2017 near Vail, CO
Looking back up the creek from the falls.
Oct 23, 2018 near Vail, CO
Looking out across the top of the falls.
Oct 23, 2018 near Vail, CO

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Sep 23, 2020
Erin Wise
Sep 20, 2020
Julie Stiger
Gorgeous.. very steep and loose rocks in many places. Trail beyond to lake was eroded and dangerous
Jun 3, 2020
Michael Schieferecke
May 21, 2020
Nick Wilder
4mi