Upper Piney River Falls Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews
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Upper Piney River Falls Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

The first few miles undulate gently through meadows with good spots for lunch, relaxation, and great views. The trail climbs through aspen and mixed conifer forest, crossing numerous little creeks before switchbacking downhill.

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1 day ago

one of the best hikes i have been on. Piney Lake is gorgeous with spectacular views of surrounding mountains and rivers. We camped nearby on the Red White and Blue trail and we had a great night of camping.

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4 days ago

Great views!!

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6 days ago

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8 days ago

Incredible views. It started with a little rain but this quickly passed. The continuous views of the green valley with the view of Mt. Powell in the background was stunning. The trail was moderately trafficked. Reaching the Falls themselves was not as incredible as I imagined but the journey there is what makes this hike worth it. Photos to come

Beautiful trail, especially in the fall through groves of aspen trees. Lake is surrounded by part of Gore range. That alone is worth the drive. View near the top looking back to the lake is well worth the hike.

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15 days ago

Gorgeous!

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15 days ago

Great trail. Not so difficult, less than 6 miles. Watch out for the almost 45 minute drive on a dirt road. MUST have bug spray.

17 days ago

Great hike for your first one out here. The falls were an awesome place to rest & have a snack before you headed back down & the views were beautiful. Just be prepared for a rough road up to the trail head.

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24 days ago

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27 days ago

The drive to the hike was about 15-20 or so miles of forest service roads dirt and gravel and bumpy.

Beautiful trail. out and back we measured it about 4 miles from outer parking and back. Go early or it can get busy. We hit trail at about 0800 and it took us about 3.5 hours with a long break at the water falls. Didn't pass anyone out but coming back was very busy.

The trail is easy and well marked. About 1 mile before the waterfall the elevation takes off up but doesn't last long. It got very hot out there so bring water or a filter for the streams along the way.

A great way to get out there and not kill yourself about 3-4 hours to complete

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29 days ago

Bring bug spray and try to get out there as early as possible

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