Booth Falls & Lake


Trail Stats & Info

RT length 9.8 miles
Elevation gain 3,080 feet
Difficulty moderate-strenuous
Lowest elevation 8,430 feet
Highest elevation 11,510 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 108
Restrooms @ TH? no
Booth Falls & Lake


From I-70, take exit 180, East Vail. Drive north from I-70 and at the T-intersection, take a left heading west onto North Frontage Road. In less than a mile, turn right onto Booth Falls Road. Follow the road for a quarter of a mile to the trailhead parking lot. There is an overflow lot back down the road by the school if that parking lot is full. Trailhead is just past the gates at the trail kiosk and registry.

Booth Lake



Booth Lake and FallsThis is a beautiful hike into Eagles Nest Wilderness. Just east of Vail, this hike offers amazing views of a valley, a waterfall, and an alpine lake. For most of the first half of the hike, the trail goes uphill with moderate steepness with a few flat spots. At about 2 miles, you can see Booth Falls and you can come right next to it if you dare. After the waterfall, the trail continues to climb uphill for awhile, then descends to a wide stream where you could fly fish if you desire. Then, the trail heads back uphill and finally, the view opens up to the valley and a single track trail veers through open meadows. Booth Lake is about another 3 miles from the waterfall. Don’t forget to look behind you, as you will be rewarded with great views of Vail ski resort and Mt. of the Holy Cross, a 14er. As you get closer to the lake, be prepared to hike through mud or marshy wetlands especially in the spring. The lake sits just at the base of the furthest mountains to the north. It can be deceiving that you think you’re coming up to the lake every time you get to the top of a rocky hill. But keep going, and eventually you’ll reach the large alpine lake with awesome views of the Gore Range. This hike took me about 3 hours to the lake and 2 hours back down to the parking lot.

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About Mar

My name is Mar (short for Maria), and I'm an avid hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, and snowboarder. There's no place I'd rather be than on a mountain! Originally from San Diego, I packed up my few belongings, and moved out to colorful Colorado so I could be immersed in the awesome Rocky Mountains! And I haven't looked back since! Any free time I have, you can find me hiking up a 14er or snowboarding in fresh powder.