Booth Falls Trail

HARD 954 reviews

Booth Falls Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,361 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Beautiful trail. Definitely some steep and rocky sections, so be prepared. Minimal parking at the trailhead, so consider parking at the bottom of the road. Adds a few hundred feet of elevation and 0.5 miles to the hike.

hiking
18 hours ago

Amazing trail. Beautiful views throughout the hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike! A couple of spots where you need to carefully cross small streams, and a couple of steep spots, but overall fairly easy. Great views with a range of things to see.

hiking
2 days ago

My boyfriend and I loved this hike and can’t wait to go again! The first mile is pretty rough if you aren’t used to the elevation but it ends up smoothing out to some really beautiful scenery! We recommend bringing a jacket (just in case it rains or hails like it did on us for a split moment)

hiking
5 days ago

Fun and challenging trail. Took us a while to get adjusted to the elevation difference but we found our pace. Took about three hours to the falls and back. Great scenery!

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous first hike at elevation. The steady climb meant slow and easy going up. Took 1.5 hours from the overflow parking lot. Lots of interspersed shady areas which were welcomed on a hot day. We spent about 20 minutes at the falls. My son (25) and I (58 yo woman) jogged most of the way down in 45 minutes. Loved it! Saw a number of small children and parents with kids strapped to them.

hiking
8 days ago

Lots of good moderate stretches interspersed with a few good rocky uphill treks. Pretty decent shade in just the right spots. We loved the variety of flora, evergreen forests, aspen groves, fields of thimbleberry bushes. Lovely little wildflowers all along the pathway. Truly was a moderately trafficked trail, we started around 9:30 and finished around 2. Stopped and took a lot of photos, but it was the first hike of our trip so we were a little oxygen-deprived at the beginning, which equals a slower pace.

hiking
9 days ago

We are not early hikers so started around 3 pm. Parking lot was full we took last spot available.It took 90 min to complete with 5 and 10 years old kids. The trail is very nice. But quite busy for Tuesday afternoon. Nevertheless beautiful nature, amazing waterfall and great time on the trail!

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great trial with amazing views. The first mile is definitely the hardest, but after that it isn’t too bad. We went with some family members who aren’t experienced hikers and they did fine. After the first mile it’s relatively moderate although there are some difficult, steep sections. There is a spot where you have to cross a river, so you have to go across logs that are laid across. We didn’t realize that and ended up wading through the water. The view at the falls is absolutely incredible and totally worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

This was a fantastic trail. Took my friend who was visiting from sea level and he had a blast. Perfect challenge. Got there around 6:50am and the parking lot closest to the trailhead was empty. Saw nearly no one on the way up, about 1.5 hours to the top of the waterfall. Saw a decent number of folks when headed down. The second creek crossing was a little treacherous, but doable. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
13 days ago

We got to the waterfall and back in about 3 hours taking time enjoy the scenery and watch a deer eat across the river. Steady incline and some muddy and water covered areas, but able to get around using rocks and tree limbs. Arrived at the trailhead at 7 AM, which was perfect due to the crowds we were running into on the decent. It was very quiet and peaceful this early, also stayed out of the sun most of the morning.

hiking
13 days ago

Our crew (30-somethings and one 12-year-old) made it to the waterfall in under 90 minutes at a reasonably fast clip. The waterfall in early July is incredible with the late-season snowmelt and near-record water levels this year. And, all shoes are dry!

hiking
14 days ago

Two brothers that brought our kiddos on this trail. 2 nine year olds 1 seven 1five!! Oh my kids are the best motivators. We made it in about 1.5 hours not for the faint of heart. This trail had a small water crossing added to the excitement. We saw lots of dogs. A few mule deer. We did not see any bikes or strollers.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. We arrived at 8am and parked at trailhead. Tough hike in some spots, but if you can do stairs workouts you will be fine. We had 3 kids aged 12-17 with us and they had no problem. Saw a few brave parents backpacking babies! Coming down you work a whole new set of muscles. Views are amazing and we saw some bighorn sheep on other side of river.

hiking
17 days ago

Well marked trail all the way to the falls. Doable hike, but for those of us that are once a year vacation hikers it is challenging. To the falls is mostly always uphill, which makes the hike out nice. On 7/1 the second stream was moving fairly fast. It was crossable if you don’t mind getting your shoes wet. Likely not crossable for families with small children.

hiking
17 days ago

Falls are beautiful. 6-26 Falls roaring. Some water over rocks on the way up Great hike. Creek crossings all manageable. Still snow trying to get to lake past falls.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Nice trail. Saw 4 mountain goats.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Beautiful trail! It is muddy near the top and there are water crossings so I recommend waterproof shoes.

hiking
19 days ago

Trail is very well marked. Parking at the actual trailhead is limited, but we secured a spot as we arrived around 8:00 am. This hike is lovely. There were deer and marmots in one of the open meadows prior to crossing the first stream. The water is powerful and the waterfall is worth scrabbling up the rock incline at the end. The only muddy spots we encountered were at the water crossings. There is a very light flow of water over the trail at the very end. Awesome hike!

hiking
20 days ago

Parked at 7:45am and there were only a few other cars in the lot. Beautiful hike up to the falls. Would rate as ‘moderate’ rather than ‘hard’. Went maybe 1/4mi past the falls and turned back as there was more drifting snow.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this yesterday afternoon. Our son (19) and I got to about 9900 elevation while my husband stopped in a shaded area quite a bit earlier. Took about 3hrs to get up to falls. No snow to cross over but still quite a bit as get higher up. A bit steep in parts and took some breaks as lungs aren’t accustomed to this altitude yet. Thunderous falls with a vertical plume is quite spectacular. Had to cross a couple creeks but stayed dry-thanks to the rocks and downed tree limbs to provide for crossing . Didn’t see any wild life other than hummingbird, robin and a chipmunk.

hiking
20 days ago

Favorite hike I've ever done. Lots of people but worth it- the views are incredible. Was only able to get a bit past the falls- still quite a bit of snow. Really really beautiful hike!

hiking
no shade
rocky
20 days ago

My husband and son completed this for the third time. Some snow off trail. Very little mud. Great hike. Lots of dogs.

hiking
20 days ago

loved it! great mix of terrain and conditions: some steep, some average grade, some flat. Enough rocks to keep it interesting though not enough to slow you down. Some shady sections, though mostly sunny. A few streams to cross but all were easily traversed while still dry (for those who wanted to avoid the water). Great views throughout. A perfect morning hike!

hiking
22 days ago

6.26.2019. Trail is good enough to make it to the falls. Others went up about another mile toward the lake. They said it was iffy. So the previous review is accurate with mileage. You do have cross the river znd a couple of creeks but manageable for all ages. Yep. even us ppl over 70 who do about 500miles a summer in Colorado. Lol. The falls are roaring so it is beautiful. Go for it and enjoy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

Paved parking at trailhead for ~15 cars, but there is overflow parking farther down the road. This trail is very popular even on weekdays, so arrive early if you want a spot. The distance that AllTrails lists is not correct. The length of the trail is 5.0 miles out-and-back. The vertical distance is fairly accurate. The trail climbs quickly, picking up 700 feet of vertical in the first mile. There are tons of white and purple larkspur along the trail. On the first part of the trail, there are sections where water is running down the rocks on the trail which can make it slippery. The middle part of the trail is flatter than than the first section, with a number of short spurs that lead closer to the creek. At one point, you will cross a new avalanche path - a bunch of aspens are bent and broken over the trail. The final stretch of the trail gains elevation quickly, similar to the first part of the trail. There is one stream crossing that looks treacherous, but if you walk up the side of the stream, there is a narrow section that has logs across the stream. Near the top of the trail, there is another stretch where a stream runs down the rocky trail. It is quite steep and slippery. Once you reach the falls, there are a few nice areas to sit and enjoy the view. Through the hike, you can see other small waterfalls across the valley to your right as you come up the trail.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. Hiked this morning - too much snow to find the trail after the waterfall, but clear up to that point.

hiking
muddy
snow
29 days ago

Beautiful hike. Wildflowers at lower areas. Too early for flowers at upper area. Completed hike to falls and back with my 75 yr old mother in law. Took 4.5 hrs. Areas near the top including the 2nd stream crossing can be treacherous. She needed hiking poles and support from two people to make it over the river and up the steep muddy slopes. Wildlife included: golden and Ruby Crowned kinglets, Warbling Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Robins, broad tailed hummingbirds, Pine Grosbeak, and Wilson’s Warbler.

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