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Very easy hike-there were herds of sheep near the last half of the hike and we were with our dogs so we didn’t make it to the top. We were told by others that there’s a herding dog that isn’t friendly. This hike would be really pretty in the fall because it’s surrounded by aspens! Tons of sun and not much shade for dogs so bring extra water!

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2 days ago

This trail was really fun although it was super hard! Saw a lot of marmots and some mountain goats. Really beautiful lake and falls as well!

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

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful views.

hiking
5 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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7 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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7 days ago

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

hiking
7 days ago

When we first got there, I was surprised this was at the ski resort. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. You wind through the trees on the way up, which provides some nice shade and some beautiful views. It’s a fairly difficult hike, the elevation is brutal and it’s steep. But definitely worth it and great exercise. There are restaurants and activities at the top, and you can ride the gondola down if you want to. We did because we were pressed for time but I’d love to go again someday when we aren’t so rushed. The wildflowers were very pretty.

hiking
10 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!

11 days ago

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.

hiking
12 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.

Close to city, not hard, adventure park at top, mountain bikers, a gondola. If easy access and options to not hike one way is your thing then this is for you. Otherwise, pass haha

hiking
13 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.

hiking
13 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).

hiking
14 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.

hiking
14 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.

This was the second time I did it and was harder than I remember. Thinking about needing to exercise more.p

14 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.

HARD

Hiked it 6/12/18 with my dog one-way and rode the gondola back down. Gorgeous and perfect weather! I'm a bit out of shape and there were a few sections that kicked my tail (not the dog's!) but I did it and was well rewarded by spectacular views along the trail and at the top, plus lots of gorgeous wildflowers in bloom on lower sections of the trail. Plus a bonus meal and beer at the top! Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water for you and your canine companion.

Great views !!!

The lake at the top is worth it

hiking
15 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.

15 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.

hiking
15 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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15 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.

hiking
16 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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