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21 hours ago

Was absolutely gorgeous!! The views were amazing after the first 3 miles. Overall it was 12 miles.. Was definitely a hard hike. You could feel the elevation from the first few steps on the trail!!! Was just beautiful, would do again!

I really enjoyed this hike. Lots of places to explore off the trail, plenty of water sources along the way to cool yourself and your dogs off. I love a trail/hike that has water so I think thats why I dug this one so much.

The only downfall is the parking situation-- we got to the trailhead around 10am, and there was zero parking. We had to park about a mile away from the trailhead, and we weren't sure how to access the shuttle so we ended up walking to the trailhead. I recommend googling the free shuttle and figuring that out beforehand :)

Tough and beautiful - worth every step!

hiking
2 days ago

Hike and mountain scenery is pleasant however the 10 mile long forest road filed with Rental Vehicles driving like pricks and the Denver crowd flocking to the trail with Bluetooth Speakers and trash everywhere make for an overall unpleasant experience.

hiking
2 days ago

An amazing trail with breathtaking views, especially for those from the flat Midwest. The first 1.5 hours gets you to Booth Falls, which are pretty small this year due to the lack of snow and rain. This is where most of the inexperienced hikers will stop, but beyond that is the true beauty of this trail. Highland meadows with wildfires, marmots chirping everywhere, and oh yeah....a pretty sweet mountain lake at the end. Plan for ~3 hours each way with plenty of water for the elevation change. Also this trail isn’t the most remote after the falls, as I ran into people every few minutes, but it’s also not so overcrowded you can’t escape. If you find yourself in Vail I hope you find time to do this awesome trail!

Just hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and came across a total of eight people... crazy! It's a long, dusty drive to get to to the trailhead off of 400 (I came through Eagle), but well worth it if you don't like hiking with a crowd. Not too tough of an effort, and (relatively) warm water in the lake.

hiking
3 days ago

Hike was good. Good footwear needed- kinda rocky. Beautiful scenery with majestic peaks. Make sure to bring sunscreen- in the heat of the day there isn’t much shade. Only downside is the occasional passing vehicles- not too much of a problem, but we had our two dogs and had to step off to the side any time a truck or ATV passed. A bit dusty too but worth it! They do charge to swim at the Crystal Mill but there are plenty of spots to stop off for a quick dip or refresher along the stream. The hike took us about 6 hours with stopping for lunch and pics at the Crystal mill, and letting our dogs take numerous river dips. Bring water shoes if you can and you’ll really enjoy going in on your own accord.

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice hike up the slopes. The elevation makes it pretty challenging, but it was doable for our 11 year old. Mix of forest and crossing the meadows on the ski slopes. Saw lots of berries (both edible and not). Had a nice lunch on top at the Eagles Nest. On the way down we diverted to Strawberry Trail for the last stretch to mix it up, which was nice. That feeds out into Vail Village about 10 minutes from the trailhead in Lionshead.

hiking
5 days ago

Terrific hike. The elevation is challenging but was quite doable for us and our boys, who range from 11 to 17. Took five hours total. 8am start was perfect to miss some of the traffic and get a cool start. Look for the goat at the lake.

Excellent hike! It took us 2:.5 hours to reach the lake at a good pace....and then a nice dip in the lake!!

This hike was pretty easy at first with a moderate to difficult climb towards the end. The trail is slightly overgrown but not too bad. pretty and peaceful once you get to the lake.

Beautiful hike! It was moderate to difficult but the views up top were totally worth the climb.

Probably the most beautiful hike in Colorado. Waterfalls, wildflowers, about 10 lakes, fabulous views and incredible rock formations. By the times you hike around the lakes you’ll probably hike around 12 to 13 miles. I recommend taking trekking sticks as there are some steeper rocks to climb over.

9 days ago

Up hill all the way plus high altitude does make this trail hard, but the trip to the lake is amazing. We even got to see a goat.

hiking
9 days ago

Can’t say a lot about the trail. I loved what I saw , but after a mile in , in the drizzling rain it started lightning!! So , this will have to wait until a better day!

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike with my family and my mom said that it was her favorite hike she has ever done. It is a steep incline but not terrible and the view of the lake at the top is amazing. We hiked up and back in about 4.5 hours and spent about a half an hour at the lake eating lunch. (so total time about 5 hours) This is a great hike and would do it again!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful! Not many people for a Saturday in Vail. Caught the end of wildflower season.

on Crystal Mill

hiking
11 days ago

Best money ever spent. Hire Smitty‘ Jeep tours to take you to Geneva Lake trail head and hike that amazing hike then hike down the three miles to Crystal Mill and get picked up. I did this on a Monday and there was not much atv or jeep traffic.

Absolutely breathtaking hike! There wasn’t a cloud in sight, and the trail wasn’t crowded. We encountered MAYBE a dozen people the whole day. Easily one of my favorite hikes. We hiked late Monday night to the campsite (set up camp around 9pm) and had a late start for the summit the next day. We starting hiking around 6:30am from the campsite on Tuesday, and hit the summit by 10:20. We definitely took our time on the way up. The most grueling part of the whole adventure is packing up your campsite and going back up and over Half Moon Pass. I was envious of the people who were staying another night before hiking out of the valley. I wouldn’t consider this a difficult hike in terms of terrain, but it’s certainly an emotional roller coaster when you remember that final 1000 ft just to leave. Road getting to trailhead is very well maintained.

on Pitkin Lake Trail

hiking
12 days ago

The trail is definitely steep but nothing too challenging. We completed the trail with our four year old doing it on his own. Got to the lake in five hours, all trails clocked it as 5.6 miles one way. Beautiful views, tons of wild flowers!

hiking
12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in the valley for sure! The hike is supposedly the most difficult in the area, I would agree that statement.

The path is steep but, dotted with berries and unique plants and wildlife. there are several streams and resting points on this trail. Feels great to hike to the top, stop for a beer and take the gondola down. 10/10 Will hike again.

hiking
14 days ago

We backpacked in and camped just below the lake (rains came in before we got to the lake, so we set up camp early). Tough but rewarding hike (with 30-40 lbs anyway).
Parking is limited and no overnight at the TH, you will need to park by the school. Vail PD told me its by permit only when school activity is happening, but we were able to park free no permit.

hiking
14 days ago

July 30-th 2018
The night before I saw a dream, that I met a black bear on this trail, so I woke up and couldn't sleep. I arrived to the trail at 6am. There was only 1 car on a parking lot.
I did not see the black bear, but I saw a moose with a calf on a very beginning of a trail and there was a mountain goat on the end, next to the lake. Nobody else was there, just me and a goat. How wonderful !
The trail is exactly 9 mi. according to AllTrails app and it is HARD, one of the hardest ones, that I did so far(I hike a lot)
You will cross creeks at least 5 or 6 times, so don't need to bring tons of water if you can drink from the creek( I do), but for sure bring some snakes
Didn't need GPS or comas, as it would be hard to get lost on this trail even if you want to. Didn't use my mosquitoes spray, didn't see any mosquitoes or bugs.
I was the only one hiking up, but on the way back there were a lot of people ( hundreds of them)
The parking lot was full
The trail is beautiful, the waterfalls are amazing and the lake is awesome.
Now I need a new hiking boots :)

We took this trail on a Saturday. The parking near the trailhead was already full by 9:30, so we took the free shuttle from Nederland. We followed the creek up to the top of the waterfalls. It was beautiful! A thunder storm blew in and it poured for about 15 minutes. Then the weather cleared, and we continued hiking. The trail was not difficult, the water features were fabulous, and there was plenty of shade. Take lots of water, light rain gear if storms are likely, and a snack.

15 days ago

Difficult but worth it. You get to see a waterfall, alpine meadow, and lake. Agree with rating it as hard (two people in our group turned around at the falls), but I’m not a fast hiker and I managed to do it less than six hours - you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Bonus points because the trailhead is accessible via public transportation.

Not your typical Colorado hike. Pretty meadows and much gentler incline than most. Lots of fresh bear poop all the way up, so be aware, especially if hiking alone. Gorgeous views.

This is a really nice trail with great views, beautiful forest and waterfalls on the way up. Views at the lakes are nice. Great day in the hills!

This was a beautiful hike. I left the trailhead at 4:30 am and made it to the summit around 8:30. The trail is well maintained and well marked with cairns. Like everyone says, bring lots of water. Got back to the trailhead at 2:00 was a little slow coming down due to a strained knee. Weather was great all day. You can camp at the base of the summit but you can easily do a day hike. Recommend leaving trailhead early to avoid chance of afternoon weather. Great day!

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome hike! Pretty challenging, honestly, especially the beginning and end pitches. It mellows out quite a bit in the middle with a couple of quick pitches in between. I used the Map My Run app and logged 5.42 miles one way and it took me just under 5 hours round trip. Gorgeous scenery, lots of wildflowers, and tons of water crossings (easy). There are a few places where the trail splits but it’s pretty obvious which way to go as most of the wrong ways are blocked with sticks. I only came to one that wasn’t blocked around mile 4. I stayed right and that appeared to be correct pretty quickly after I passed a couple of other hikers coming down. This is not a hike for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth the push to get to the lake. If you’ve got weak knees, you’d probably benefit by hiking with poles. Bring lots of water and snacks and check the forecast for rain. Completed 7/28/18
Side note: Do NOT try to park in the grassy area to the back left as you pull in. Dude that lives nearby is a total ass hat - Save yourself the interaction with him.

Such a beautiful hike up, and of course amazing lake at the top. Good workout too!

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