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Vail Hiking Trails | Town of Vail

Vail Mountain Trails

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Trails on Vail Mountain

Length: Varies  Difficulty: Varies   Crowds: Varies

Vail Mountain offers many miles of hiking trails that are both accessible from Vail Village and Lionshead, as well as from Mid-Vail and Eagles Nest/Adventure Ridge. See the Vail Mountain hiking website for more information.


Lost Lake Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Lost Lake Trail

Length: 3.73 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Easy   Crowds: Moderate

From the trailhead, the trail follows a ridge dividing the Piney and Red Sandstone drainages while traveling though lodgepole pine and aspen groves. This trail offers excellent...


North Trail (Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone) (CLOSED April 15 – June 20)

Town of Vail Hiking Information for North Trail (Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone)

Length: 3.7 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate   Crowds: Moderate

From the Buffehr Creek trailhead, cross the bridge and proceed about 1/4 mile before turning right at the first junction (the trail to the left takes you to Garmisch Drive). Continue north...


North Trail (Red Sandstone to Son of Middle Creek) (CLOSED April 15 – June 20)

Town of Vail Hiking Information for North Trail (Red Sandstone to Son of Middle Creek)

Length: 3.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate  Crowds: Moderate

Follow switchbacks as you climb steadily for about 1.5 miles to an intersection with the Son of Middle Creek Trail #2136. Views from here are excellent as this is one of the...


Lower Piney Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Lower Piney Trail

Length: 3.0 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate  Crowds: Light

The Lower Piney Trail follows the Piney River downstream through meadows and aspen forests. At mile 1, the Wash Holland trail veers right. Stay left here. At mile 3.0, the...


Meadow Mountain

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Meadow Mountain

Length: 4.8 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate  Crowds: Moderate

The Meadow Mountain trail follows an old logging road above Dowd Junction. Popular year-round, the trail is family and dog friendly. It climbs through meadows that...


Upper Piney River Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Upper Piney River Trail

Length: 3.0 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Moderate  Crowds: Very High

From the trailhead, it is a gradual climb for about 3 miles to a cascading waterfall which makes a good destination for the average hiker. Views of the Gore Range abound...


Grouse Lake

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Grouse Lake

Length: 4.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Difficult  Crowds: Moderate

Grouse Lake trail begins on a logging road but turns to singletrack after 0.3 mile. At the signed junction with West Grouse Creek trail at 1 mile, keep left. The trail continues...


Gore Valley Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Gore Valley Trail

Length: 10.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Varies/Difficult   Crowds: High

The Gore Valley Trail runs the length of the Gore Creek/Vail Valley. The trail includes a mix of paved trail alongside the frontage road, trail separated from roads and...


Booth Lake Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Booth Lake Trail

Length: 4.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult  Crowds: Very Busy

The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile. Then, the trail climbs more gradually following along Booth Creek. At mile 1.8, the trail passes...


Gore Creek Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Gore Creek Trail

Length: 7.0 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult  Crowds: Very Busy at Times

The first 4 miles of the trail climbs alongside Gore Creek. There are some short steep sections along the way. The trail winds through meadows and aspen groves which change...


Bighorn Creek Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Bighorn Creek Trail

Length: 3.4 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult  Crowds: Very Busy at Times

The first 1/2 mile of the trail climbs steeply out of the Vail Valley, then more gradually climbs up through stands of aspen and pine. The trail passes beaver ponds and the...


Pitkin Creek Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Pitkin Creek Trail

Length: 4.8 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult  Crowds: Busy at Times

The first mile of the trail is strenuous as it climbs steeply out of the Vail Valley. Fallen trees along the trail are evidence of past avalanches. The grade levels out somewhat as the...


Deluge Lake Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Deluge Lake Trail

Length: 4.3 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Most Difficult  Crowds: Very Busy at Times

The Deluge Lake Trail splits from the Gore Creek Trail about 0.1 mile from the Gore Creek trailhead. Take this left onto the narrow trail which heads north before curving...


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