Booth Falls Trail

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Booth Falls Trail is a 6.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 km Elevation Gain: 414 m Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Wilderness regulations exist and are posted at the trailhead. Parking is very limited at this trailhead. Please consider taking the free Town of Vail bus from the Vail Village parking structure to access this trail. The Booth Lake Trail is a very popular hike and the amount of use has resulted in trail damage and widening. Please stay on the trail, carry all trash and dog waste out with you, and leave this beautiful place better than you found it so others may continue to enjoy.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Bring snowshoes if you’re planning to make it to the end, spikes are doable until the snow fields at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Definitely a new favorite. It was honestly pretty hard, but not the most difficult I’ve done. We did this back in October and the foliage was BEAUTIFUL. If you want to see fall colors, this is the place to go.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Nice hike. Light snow on the trail. Glad I used my snowshoes. I was cutting the trail after first mile. Mostly up hill.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Tons of fresh snow, super deep. We had to rent snowshoes from Vail Nordic center. Wasn’t packed down at all. Had to make our own trail. Very beautiful views but super windy and snowy today. My friend got snow in her boot and dog started snowballing in her paws. We didn’t make it half way and had to turn around. Still worth it. Going to try again on a better day.

1 month ago

Great snowshoeing on 1/6! There's not a safe way to get down to the falls but the scenery along the way is beautiful. If you're in good shape, it's more of a moderate trail than hard.

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

Hiked yesterday afternoon. There was hardly any snow but patches of ice. Trail was muddy. Still a great winter hike!!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Ascended starting at 8:00am yesterday and mud was still frozen and snow pretty granular. Descending a couple of hours later, the mud and ice had thawed and were very slick for long portions. Picking my way inch by inch downhill got a bit tedious by the end. Still, worth it for the multiple gorgeous views.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike! Very doable to the falls, but once traffic picks up on the trail, it becomes slippery on the way down in spots. Although the waterfall was covered mostly in snow, it’s the view that is spectacular. I would highly recommend this trail to others - and would love to do it again in warmer weather! I completed this hike today :) Just do it!

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this today. just enough snow for a Fall hike... loved it. falls were breathtaking. we hiked further up, but didn't make to the Lake

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike! We did it end of June, and loved the scenery. Lots of snow on the ground. Good fun hike

hiking
4 months ago

this was great but if you're just going to the falls and not all the way to Booth Lake I think it's not really that hard.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

A majestic hike. Honestly the falls are underwhelming - you’re going for the sweeping views which currently include the remaining fall colors with the first dusting of snow. I would recommend parking at Vail Village and taking the east Vail blue bus to the bus stop right at Booth Falls. There were only a handful of parking spots that were all full when we arrived.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of our favorite hikes! When we went a couple days ago the colors were spectacular! It has some decent inclines then levels out before reaching the falls. If you’re able to climb down to water once you reach the falls it’s worth it...although it looks daunting. Get to trailhead early as there’s minimal parking and the apartment complexes give tickets if parked illegally.

hiking
4 months ago

WOW just beautiful fall colors! Parking was a little tricky. There was a small lot that only allowed 3 hour parking at the trailhead (total hike took about 3 hours with stops). It was full by the time we got there, so we parked at a random parking spot on the other side of a nearby park. However, we definitely could have gotten towed since it was park parking only, but we went late in the afternoon and took the risk. Other than the parking, awesome trail! It had some spots with steady uphill, but then spots that were fairly flat. It was more moderate than difficult. The waterfall at the end is just breathtaking and totally worth it. The trail actually keeps going up to Booth Lake a few miles up if you can risk the three hour parking. All in all, great trail and the aspen were totally incredible!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

This is a fairly difficult trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a must hike if in the area! The trail has many different types of scenery as you make your way to the top. It is a tough trail for a novice hiker. It gets pretty tough towards the top, but worth it if you can push yourself to make it! For me, the Amazing views all the way to the top are the main reason I would suggest this hike. Make sure to stop often to take it in, take pics and video. Beautiful and fun hike! Highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

The leafs are still great close to the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

This was an amazing trail. It was a very steep first half but it was a good challenge. The waterfall at the top was gorgeous and the views were amazing. Definitely recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Aspens are a-poppen! Not super challenging, but a decent incline and a little scrambling to get to see the waterfall. Absolutely stunning. Nice breeze at the top, would recommended putting on a light jacket if you stay up there for a lunch break.

hiking
4 months ago

The full view of the waterfall at the end is limited to the most adventurous of scramblers down a skinny sandy ridge. You can get a partial view without the danger, but we were disappointed with it after anticipating a full view with our kids. We won’t be doing this again. On a positive note, the fall colors on the trail are excellent which is why I rated it well.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep but beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

The changing colors of the Aspens mixed with the evergreens are just spectacular on this trail. We did this today and saw a bear walking around in the distance on the other side of the creek. The waterfalls are just okay at the end of the trail but there is one lookout point just before where you can stand on a rock cliff and look down at the longest drop point of the falls. It’s scary but awesome. Parking was challenging at the trailhead and there were at least 15-20 other hikers we saw and it’s the shoulder season so it can get a bit busy but it was worth it. Going up was a little difficult due to the elevation and uphill but not terribly so. Coming down was a breeze. Total time about 2.5-3 hours with several picture op stops and chatting with other hikers.

hiking
4 months ago

First time ever hiking here. It was steep but the trail was easy to walk on. Didn’t make to the top as my knees had other plans. Views were spectacular.

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike! A bit of an incline and definitely like taking the stair master. Took about 2.5 hours with some stops. Come on a weekday if possible to avoid crowds. The falls were amazing

hiking
4 months ago

The views during changing of the seasons are breathtaking. Plenty of places to take breaks. It is steep but levels out from time to time. You won’t be disappointed with the memories and scenery you take in no matter how far out you hike.

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