Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Vail with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Walking through the verdant valley, with wildflowers and the aspens towering was incredible, Multiple environments like meadows, swampy areas, rock faces, groves of aspens, and ultimately, the rocky waterfall made the ups & downs in the second half worth it, although the flies were a bit extreme (don’t stop for more than 30 seconds once you’ve hit halfway, or they start biting!). The falls are beautiful, yet very busy. Are drones going to become the Colorado State Bird?

Pro tip: do not attempt the drive to the trailhead in anything less than an SUV, else your suspension and undercarriage are going to be pushed to their limits. Very, very rocky road for 11 miles from highway to trailhead.

lovely walk, not too strenuous for kids.

easy but nice hike did it in about 2 1/2 hours with a torn meniscus so good hike for anyone

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2 days ago

Beautiful views.

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2 days ago

My favorite hike. Did it last year on 4th of July and left around 7 and it took us about 7 hrs. Was only planning to do the Booth Falls Trail and was told there was a lake if you keep going. To our surprise, it was a few miles/hours away and we were totally unprepared. It was worth it when we got to the lake but definitely bring food and water because the lake will take a few hours to get to. There was a bit of snow at the time but not much. The hike is incredibly beautiful. It was unmarked but you can basically tell where to go. There were really no people going up but tons of people coming down. It’s definitely a fun adventure. Not too difficult but very long.

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4 days ago

tons of bugs, 2 miles straight up, waterfall really low. i hike every weekend and found this on the difficult side, not enjoyable

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4 days ago

beautiful hike. lots of flowers, marmots and mountain goats to keep you company.

Beautiful trail with beautiful views. Made it 2.5 miles with three kids in tow (ages 9,9,11) and they loved it. We stopped at the creek and rested/played in the water. Aspen pine area took my breath away.

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7 days ago

Great hike through the valley for all ages. Worth the work for the view. You can climb down to get in the river at the top. Before the falls stopping area there is a spot to climb down to the front of the waterfall for awesome pics.

Previous reviews almost convinced me not to go on this trail. Rest assured, there is no rock climbing in the traditional sense but there is a lot of rock stepping. This trail is easily done without trekking poles though you should use them if you have them. This is a great hike for a workout with a decent reward at the end. Be prepared! It is uphill the whole way! Take deliberate steps and use the rocks for traction and you’ll rock this hike!

Hiked this trail on 7/10/18. Absolutely stunning! The wildflowers are in full bloom. Challenging at times with steep, rocky inclines but the views are worth it. Beautiful views of high alpine meadows. The lake is totally thawed and was a great reward to enjoy after about 4.5 miles of hiking. Total hike showed 9 miles on my watch. Bring bug spray, lots of mosquitos and biting flies. Also saw lots of marmots!

Beautiful views. For me this was most steep of all trails I have done so far. I am not a pro. Doing this certainly felt rewarding. Several shady and scenic resting places. Adventurous! We all thoroughly enjoyed this trail.

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9 days ago

Fantastic trail, amazing views throughout and the waterfall at the top was the perfect spot to hang out before heading back down. Probably a little too tough for the younger kids.

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10 days ago

A good steep hike, with a nice mountain lake at the end. The lake is beautiful, and the trail itself is pretty, especially above the Booth Falls. The views from the trail are very good. We saw plenty of flowers, and a few marmots.

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10 days ago

We did it as a part of the Booth Lake trail. It is a steep short climb, pretty but not especially exciting. The falls at the end were not exciting either (they probably look much better with more water, now it may be too dry).

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11 days ago

First thing I want to say is that is not an "easy" trail. I think people are lured into thinking this is going to be an easy walk or ride, and it's simply not. We are experienced hikers and took trekking poles for balance etc. We are really happy we did. There are some fairly technical areas that require good balance. That being said, this is a beautiful hike. You will weave through forest, wildflowers, Aspen groves and at about 3.75 miles in, you'll reach the lake which is honestly beautiful. While coming out, we encountered a couple of fairly novice mountain bikers who were young, but daunted by the rocky and steep outcroppings. They were walking their bikes due to the technical aspects. We saw another rider who was obviously very seasoned, flying down the hill...so it's fun for everyone, but if you are new to hiking or biking, be warned, this is not an easy trail.

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11 days ago

My favorite hike in the area for the past 3 years, I've always hiked it twice once in spring and once in fall. It always amazes no matter how many times you hike it.

11 days ago

Long and easy hike. Have few pretty openings but the lake is the best of it. So quiet and peaceful. Just makes you realise how awesome the nature is. I would advice to take bugs spray with you. Mosquitoes were crazy back there.

Loved this beautiful hike until about 2.3 miles - the trail disappears and to get to where it continues, the hard uphill, it seems like you have bushwhack. I don’t like bushwhacking, it destroys the environment and really there should be a clear path. I tried going right but the path totally disappeared. Am not comfortable heading into unchartered territory without a map - AllTrails wouldn’t let me record my hike, then it stopped working all together when the trail disappeared, even though I had downloaded it.

Great views !!!

The lake at the top is worth it

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12 days ago

This is a beautiful hike. Stunning mountain scenery. I did the hike today. I had lunch next to a herd of mountain goats.

I recently moved from San Francisco to Denver. I was nervous about the altitude, but it was fine.
It took me 3 hours up and 2 hours down. The steep descent was more challenging than the hike to the lake.

I left at 8 am. I didn't see many people on the way to the lake. There were quite a few people near the Falls on my way down.

Definitely take plenty of water and have good hking shoes / boots. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky, particularly the sections right before the falls and lake.

12 days ago

We hiked this today. We are in our mid 40s and had our 15 yr old. Took us 4:20 to get to lake with stopping at the falls and catching our breath along the way. Took us 3hr back. We clocked a total of 10.2. Goats and marmots up at the lake. Not many people though. Way more people at the falls. Bring water-Like camel pack. Saw so many with no water or a 16oz that isn’t enough. It’s all elevation so be prepared for a challenge but beautiful scenery.

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12 days ago

Beautiful Hike! Great views of the mountain, flowers and a beautiful wild flower field towards the top., it reminded my daughter of the alps. The water feels amazing in the creek at the top and very refreshing. Lots of climbing and Challenging steps but very doable, just take your time don’t rush. Very scenic and green in July. Oh and please please remember to take garbage and dog poop bags out on your way down. Please don’t litter, it’s such an amazing place.

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13 days ago

Fantastic hike. Stunning views, forest, wildflowers, creek and waterfalls. I would highly recommend hitting the trial by 9:00am as we did. Not too crowded but on the way down we passed many more hikers. It was getting super hot on the way down as well. Lots of dogs, many off leash. Sit awhile at the water falls, it is absolutely amazing. You can explore past the falls a bit which we did. You can also climb down and cross the river. A large portion of the trail is very steep and rocky. We had our hiking poles for the downhill descent and many people commented that they wished they had brought poles. If you have bad knees or hips, take your poles. A fellow All Trails user commented that the trail is difficult, not moderate. The steep rocky sections are challenging, more so coming down. I cannot wait to go back, great hike.

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13 days ago

The second star is based purely on convenience since the Sandstone trailhead is basically my backyard. Otherwise, this trail can be very annoying. It’s single track so anytime you pass another hiker or biker you have to jump off the trail into very tall brush, which is not easy to do with two dogs. Mountain bikers seem to love this trail though, there’s always a ton of them. I love taking in the views of Vail, but the highway noise isn’t ideal. If would definitely not recommend this trail if you’re visiting, there are way too many other trails worth checking out.

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13 days ago

This is one of the most amazing hikes I’ve ever taken. As an asthmatic from sea level, be sure to take plenty of breaks, bring more water than you think you need, and snacks to refuel on. You’ll need time and plenty of self motivation if you’re pretty sedentary like I am.

Up the Falls is beautiful. The first bit can be challenging, as well as the last incline before the falls. This section is moderately to heavily trafficked depending on the day. I’ve had fun meeting and chatting with folks on the way up.

From the falls to the lake is significantly more difficult and with much less company. It took me around 6 hours to reach the lake, and then 2 to return back to the trail head—be sure to start early. Around 7 or 8. Afternoon thunderstorms are randomly and I almost got caught in one.

Also be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and reapply frequently. UV exposure is a killer!

There’s a friendly family of Marmots at the lake and some incredible views of the Mount of The Holy Cross too. Highly recommended.

Did 3.1 miles up and then turned back - hot day. Beautiful trail- best part was seeing a gorgeous big brown bear towards the top across Deluge creek on the far side of the valley

We hiked to the falls and back. It was just the right level for our two older kids who enjoyed the waterfalls and scenery almost as much as we did!

on Booth Falls Trail

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14 days ago

The falls at the end of Trail is so worth it. I will however rate it hard not moderate... steep rocky climbing the last one third of the trail. It’s a beautiful trail, very scenic and I also like the flowerer field.
When you reach the end, take another step and go down to reach out all the way to the fall. Sit in the rock and touch the pure cold water, enjoy the amazing fall... it’s just very inspiring.

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