Booth Lake

HARD 63 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
12 hours ago

4 days ago

A beautiful place to be, conveniently close to town as well. If you've got the stamina to rock this trail then do it...great view of holy cross while going up to the lake. Most people stop at the falls a few miles in - it's very worth it to keep going. Big family of marmots live up top at the lake and they will surely be scoping you out and talking to each other!

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Came back to do this hike in the fall for the changing color aspens and was SO worth it. The aspens were still almost full blazing color changes of yellows, oranges, and reds it was so beautiful. It snowed earlier in the week so as we got higher up there was some snow to trek through and then the weather got funky so we headed back before we got to the lake but we will be back (probably next fall) for the colors and to try and finally get to that lake.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Hiked mid-September.Made it to the lake in 2hr 30min, spent 20 min at the lake, and 1hr 50min back to the car. I didn't really stop to take any breaks outside of taking photos. I was the 3rd car in the parking lot on a Friday morning at 7:30. Had the lake all to myself, but crossed paths with dozens of people on the return hike and the parking lot was completely full. Aspen leaves just starting to change but wild flowers are few and far between. Beautiful views and the lake is the highlight. The falls were nice but tough to get a good view or decent photo. Be prepared for a long climb!

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hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views, long walk, go early, it's 4 hrs more or less to the lake and 2 hrs back, weather changes really fast so be prepared, lots of water and food and wait for when the sun hits the lake... just AMAZING and totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Really pretty trail quite technical if you are going to run it. Plenty of wildlife up next to the lake including mosquitoes !
Start early if you want a quiet experience as the trail gets busy around 9am.
Enjoy

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Excellent day hike. I took my wife for her first true mountain experience. It took us 2 hr 40 mins to get to the lake and a little under 2 hours to get back down. We did take our time at the lake cooking up some meals with my jetboil. It was very close to 10 miles based on my suunto. It also said about 3300' feet of vertical. We are flat landers and were only acclimated for a day, but we both in relatively good shape (run 1-2 marathons a year).

2 months ago

Awesome

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail but certainly challenging.

hiking
3 months ago

Went to hike booth falls and then decided to go a bit farther to the lake, it's about an hour and a half to get to the lake but was SO ABSOLUTELY worth it. Lots of incline