East Vail Falls

MODERATE 16 reviews

East Vail Falls is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
383 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

2 days ago

Beautiful falls! Fun hike and different from just walking up. Agree with Ashley and Anna, a little more than moderate as you have to rely on the ropes once you get past crossing the falls.

23 days ago

Like anything in Vail, the trail is right near the highway but beautiful nonetheless. The gps directions will take you to a parking lot near the falls, but it’s not immediately apparent where to go. Just past where you park, you’ll turn right on Bridge Street and then your first left onto Lupine Drive. The falls are visible from the road and there’s an obvious trail from that point on. A couple slippery stream crossings, some light bushwhacking, and a scramble up to the top with the help of a series of ropes is all part of the experience. It’s not a far trek, but I wouldn’t recommend this trail for young kids or anyone particularly afraid of heights. Otherwise, it’s a fun, quick trip that’s easily accessible from Vail with waterfall views all the way.

25 days ago

Beautiful hike and worth the mud, but agree it’s not moderate. We slipped a lot in the mud. If taking kids would recommend that they’re 12 or older.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice little hike tho definitely not moderate after the first waterfall crossing. That stuff is straight up and eroded. There’s a rope, but I would not rely on it. It’s pretty tattered. We didn’t make it to the top, but about halfway. We brought the dog however I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want to worry about them down climbing the erosion. Our pup did well, but she’s pretty agile.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful and fun hike! I would definitely question moderate level. From the base of the waterfall to the top you there are ropes to help you hike up through the trees! Definitely on the more difficult side!
A little hard to find the trail head just head toward the waterfall and the trail starts in an empty city owned lot!

hiking
27 days ago

Muddy, slippery, gorgeous waterfall. Quick elevation gain was a little bit of a shocker on my legs at the beginning because it was my first hike of the season, but it was fine after I acclimated. Ice patch at the top under the falls was a little slippery, but the views were gorgeous! No snow on the trail; crossing the logs over the lower part of the falls was wet and slippery. Rope at the upper part of the hike to assist you on the climb up. This hike was so much fun.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous! It was too slippery from the warm weather and the snow freezing for me to get to the top today. I will definitely come back for this one.

7 months ago

We almost missed this trail as it's hardly marked from the main road. The first ¾ of a mile were pretty easy. After that, it took some assistance from ropes tied to trees. But getting to stand at the top of the falls was so worth it! Be careful as there are some slick spots where water from the falls has frozen and pine needles on the ground are loose. The top gives you a good view of the mountains...albeit littered by views of the interstate. Happy hiking!

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