hiking

views

wild flowers

forest

trail running

lake

walking

horseback riding

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

wildlife

river

hiking
5 days ago

The drive up to the lake kinda sucks if you don't like heights. If I recall correctly, the drive is around 45 minutes one way once you turn off the main road and onto the steep uphill. Some of the road is guarded by trees, other parts are not. It's plenty wide for two cars but we took it slow. The hike is amazing, and the first section along the lake is very easy. Once you get into the woods there are some steeper sections, but nothing too difficult. The waterfall is beautiful.

Great trail, decent amount of snow for snowshoeing. Views would have been awesome but it was cloudy and snowy. Our dog loved it!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Went about halfway out and back. Steady climb on the way up.

camping
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail, dogs are generally unleashed, dogs can ride the gondola down only, which is also free for dogs and humans if only going down. they sell beer and food at the top, there are tons of flowers. Mostly wooded but some exposed areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and popular trail in Vail

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my default trails when I can't decide where else to go. The trip is a short one when you end it at Lily Pad Lake, so I reccomend pushing past that to the second, larger lake, and beyond. If you want to beat the crowds, go earlier in the day, and do the larger loop.

4 months ago

4 months ago

I thought it was a great hike, not too long and I saw a bunch of mountain goats at the lake who were very curious and came within 20m of me.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fun. Good fun for all!!

5 months ago

Hiked to the lake yesterday. Excellent hike with great views. Chiming in here to confirm what a few other reviewers wrote: it's 10 miles round trip, not 7.8 miles, and the last 1/2 mile is tough (especially due to the over 11k feet altitude) but well worth it. Bring lunch, lots of water, and wear layers -- warm at bottom, very cold strong wind at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Try parking at copper exit to avoid 0.5 mi of double track down I-70. Good views of cooper and serene lakes at least the top