Booth Lake

HARD 34 reviews
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Booth Lake is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and backpacking and is best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3205 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

wild flowers

rocky

snow

A beautiful lake tucked away in an alpine cirque with fantastic wildflowers. The trail climbs through forest and meadows past Booth Falls, a 60-foot waterfall. Bring your own water as the creek is not always near the trail. The lake is near treeline - arrive early to beat afternoon thunderstorms. Hunters may use this area during hunting season. The trail is neither marked nor maintained for winter and crosses several avalanche paths.

hiking
7 days ago

Really enjoyed the hike. Had hiked to the falls a few days before and decided to do the whole thing today. 4 hours round trip. The last review on here is still accurate. Lots of snow after the falls but enough tracks to easily get up to the frozen lake!

hiking
8 days ago

Made it all the way up to Booth Lake on June 15. My wife and I and one other hiker were the only 3 people to make it all the way as far as I know. We started at 7:30am and got to the lake at 12:00, stopping for a fair amount of pictures and using the app more than occasionally to find our way. We did not see anyone at all until about 2.5 hours in when we a solo hiker passed us. We would encounter him about an hour later, he was lost an unable to find the trail without the app/map downloaded (little or no phone service starting about half way up). The 3 of us made the final approach together, which was very strenuous in the snow/ice which was heavily textured and melting. The snow starts maybe 30 minutes past the falls and there were no tracks/footprints to follow and we could only find the actual trail intermittently. After another 30-45 minutes, it is all snow and the trail is entirely lost. The general path is relatively intuitive if you have studied the map, but we definitely needed the app to keep on course and avoid some of the more dangerous areas. This was a difficult hike, especially the final ascent up the lake in the exposed steep snowfields. Be careful of running tributaries under the snow and postholing. Snow was still firm enough to hike all the way (micro spikes and poles highly recommended!), but a few more days of sun may make it very difficult until it has mostly melted out. Guessing this is why only 3 people even attempted this on a beautiful day. Hike and scenery were absolutely spectacular. Lake is surrounded by deep snow and just starting to thaw. There are pools of brilliant mineral blue that contrast against the all white. Don't attempt to get down close to the lake, as it's impossible to tell where it begins and there would be no way to get out or rescued if you fall through. Highly recommended, just don't go alone, have the map and right gear and be able to hike 10 miles at altitude and through snow/ice for half the time. Definitely not the best time of the year to attempt (given the late season snows and recent heat/sun), but great sense of accomplishment if you do. Amazing to have such a special (and apparently usually busy) place all to ourselves.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, tons of snow still up top. Be careful, this hike is strenuous with all the snow you'll be hiking through. The lake is still frozen up top. Hard to follow trail at times but once you get a sense of the general direction, you'll figure it out.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome hike! We went the 3rd week of June 2016 and it was stunning!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Stunning and great place to take a moment and look out at the views!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful and popular trail in Vail

7 months ago

7 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.

8 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.

8 months ago

Awesome day hike in Vail! Just shy of 10 miles, if you are a faster hiker you can be up and down in 4 hours, but take your time and have lunch at the tip and it's a great time. There are gorgeous views of Vail mountain and mount holy cross as you hike up. If you're not use to the elevation it will kick your butt, the falls is only half way up, with the hardest part just before you reach the lake. Snow in the early season makes it very difficult and mud in the late season.

hiking
8 months ago

Best hike in Vail. 5 hours.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Best hike I've ever done. Lucky enough to hike this on a perfect fall day at peak color. Tough hike but so worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

It's a tough hike but one of my favorites (and I hike a lot). Do it in the spring, and there are tons of wild flowers and meadows. A few waterfalls on the way up, an apsen grove of the biggest aspens you will see, and the trail zig zags through the gulch so it feels like you are in a different place every time you swerve. Just a wonderful hike.

hiking
9 months ago