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Vail Hiking Trails | Town of Vail

Booth Lake Trail

Trailhead Parking Closed for 2021 Summer Season

Booth Lake Trail

Length: 4.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult



Trail Highlights: The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile. Then, the trail climbs more gradually following along Booth Creek. Early season hikers may encounter snow patches as the trail winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Above 10,000 feet the trees thin and the terrain changes offering views of the Gore Range. The last 1/4 mile to Booth Lake is steep and rocky.

To avoid trampling sensitive vegetation and to prevent soil erosion, please stay on the trail at all times. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash in order to protect wildlife and the hiking experience of other trail users. This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness – regulations are posted at the trailhead.

Crowds: This is a very popular trail at certain times of the season. Please consider other hiking trails listed on this page if this trail is likely to be very busy.

Access: Trailhead parking is closed for 2021 summer. Please take the FREE bus from the Vail Transportation Center. The free East Vail blue line shuttle, runs every 30 minutes from the Vail Transportation Center to the Booth Falls stop. Walk up Booth Falls Road a 1/4 mile to the trailhead. The parking closure is a pilot program to address the negative impacts of overcrowding on the Eagles Nest Wilderness such as a build-up of waste, trail erosion, and other safety concerns (speeding, illegal parking, emergency vehicle access, etc.) that impact nearby residents and guests as well.

 

 

 Details: Including directions, a map, and other information can be found on this printable Recreation Quicksheet from the Forest Service.

 

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Trail Adopted By: Vail Mountain School

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