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Booth Lake Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Booth Lake Trail

Booth Lake Trail

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

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 Booth Falls, which can be partially viewed from above. Beyond the falls, early season hikers may encounter snow patches as the trail climbs steeply through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Above 10,500 feet, the trees thin and the terrain changes offering views of the Gore Range. The last 1/4 mile to Booth Lake is very 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. For a map of the trail, please visit Hiking Project.


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



 Access: 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 1/4 mile to the trailhead.   



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




Trail Adopted By: Vail Mountain School

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