Hiking in Vail & Beaver Creek
Discover the Colorado Mountains
Mountains and hiking go, foot-in-foot, especially during Colorado’s sunny summer months. Vail and Beaver Creek offer hiking trails whether you’re looking for a heart-pumping workout or a leisurely stroll, there are hikes for everyone. No matter how much hiking miles have you done or newbie you are, wear appropriate footwear, clothes and keep the nature rules in mind when you hit the trails! Please see our team recommended hikes:
Booth Falls and Lake make for a great hike in the Vail area. You’ll get to enjoy plenty of great
views, wildlife sightings, and rock climbing opportunities in the creek.
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This day hike begins as a steady climb through aspen trees for the first mile. The trail then flattens out a bit, and you reach Booth Falls at mile two. This is a beautiful 60 ft waterfall that allows for easy rock climbing and hiking through the stream upstream of the falls. This is also a popular spot for picnics and camping. If you’re planning to only hike the falls, it’s roughly 4 miles roundtrip with a 1,450′ elevation gain.
Once past the falls, the trail becomes slightly more difficult and steeper. At 10,000 ft you will be hiking through conifer trees and small fields of wildflowers. Patches of snow were still present in August at this elevation. Beautiful views of the Gore Mountain range are visible at this part of the hike, so a camera is a necessity! The last 1/4 mile of the hike is steep and rocky, but the difficult ending is worth it!
The lake at the top of the mountain (11,500 ft) is gorgeous and picturesque. Booth Lake features patches of snow that speckle the mountainside and trout are rising to feed continuously.
The most famous Beaver Creek Trail Beaver Lake Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. While on trial you will flowing stream you cross number of wooden bridges. Calm and beautiful lake will welcome you at the end. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Meadow Mountain is the northernmost and easternmost named peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and is on the southern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Meadow is relatively low in elevation and has easy access in most seasons. The alpine summit is accessible by a moderate hike and makes a great tourist destination in the summer.