A hike is one of the best summer activities to enjoy in the Vail Valley with plenty of trails that can get the whole family out exploring the Rocky Mountains. Whether you are looking for a moderate hike or a more difficult climb that can make for a few hours of outdoor adventure, you can find the perfect trail in the Vail valley!
Find Out More About Our Favorite Hiking Trails in the Vail Valley
Booths Falls Trail
Booth Falls is 3.9-mile hike that takes you to the breathtaking waterfall that is nestled in Vail valley. Along the way you’ll enjoy views of the gorgeous sandstone wall as well as views of the Gore range and Vail valley. You will also find aspen groves lining the trail before you come upon the falls themselves. If you find yourself yearning for more adventure once you come upon the falls, you can keep following the trail up to Booths Lake which will more than double the distance and elevation of your hike!
For a day filled with hiking, choose the Pitkin Lake Trail. A 9.7-mile trail, this is for experienced hikers who want to gain some elevation (2,746ft) along the way. The endpoint of this hike is a gorgeous alpine lake but along the way you will also pass two waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking views at nearly every turn. Expect to spend five and a half to seven hours out on this trail and pack accordingly!
For a hike in town, Berrypicker is an excellent choice! Accessible via Lionshead Village, this hike takes you on switchbacks through an area that in the winter are ski runs. Enjoy views of aspen trees, wildlife, and the flowers that adorn the mountainside. The trail leads you to the top of Eagle’s Nest where you can enjoy Vail’s ‘Epic Discovery’ amusements. The best part? If you are tired after the trip up, you can ride the gondola down!
Lost Lake Trail
This 7-mile, out-and-back style trail leads you to a gorgeous alpine lake in the Vail valley! With under 1,000 ft of elevation gain, this trail allows you to get some mileage in without an intense incline. Follow the trail while enjoying breathtaking views of the Gore Range as well as Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek. Once you reach the lake, take a moment to appreciate the calm waters and peaceful nature surrounding you before heading back down to the trailhead!
Gore Valley Trail in East Vail
The Gore Valley Trail in East Vail is a paved path that doubles as a path for bikers! This easy-going trail is perfect for an afternoon picnic or just an outing to enjoy meadows and aspen groves that can be found along the path. Also along the trail is Vail Memorial Park which is a gorgeous 11-acre park that is a perfect spot for even more outdoor recreation.