Booth Lake Trail

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain1,614ft
Trailhead Elevation8,439ft
Top9,895ft
Elevation Min/Max8439/9895ft
Elevation Start/End8439/8439ft

Booth Lake Trail

Booth Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Eagle County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. It is two miles long and begins at 8,439 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,614 feet.

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Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"Beautiful Booth Lake with its little island is tucked in an alpine cirque with fantastic wildflowers. The trail climbs through forest and meadows past Booth Falls, a 60-foot waterfall. It continues to ascend like a giant staircase to fields of wildflowers that dazzle the eyes. Little waterfalls add their sparkle. One last climb up the side of the cirque brings you to the lake, a piece of paradise tucked up in the Gore Range. A backpack to the meadows below the lake may be the best way to enjoy this special place. You can also turn around at the falls for a 4-mile out-and-back hike." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"South of the Gore Range, snowmelt and rainfall slip down mountainsides and pool in scenic lakes, then careen into Vail Valley and Gore Creek. On high, Booth Lake flows into Booth Creek, pours over rock in a long cascade, and cuts through a trailside chasm in a frothy horsetail at Booth Creek Falls. The hike to Booth Creek Falls is a steady climb, so take your time and enjoy the views. You’ll pass into Eagles Nest Wilderness and cross an aspen forest, where 12,136-foot Bald Mountain appears to the north. The trail crosses several avalanche paths, so winter and spring travel should be prefaced with that in mind. At the 1.8-mile mark, there is a trail sign where you’ll begin the final push, and the steepest part of the hike." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"Visitors to Vail, as well as locals, hike up to Booth Falls because the 60- foot waterfall is lovely and the general belief is that the falls are easy to reach. But, believe me, this is no gentle alpine ramble. The hike to the falls is 2 miles one-way with an elevation gain of 1500 feet—not exactly a cakewalk. Moreover, Booth Lake is another 2 miles uphill with an additional elevation gain of another 1500 feet for a total gain of 3000 feet." Read more

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9/3/2018
Good one day hike. Trail touches the stream several times with clear running water even in the dry season. We hiked in Early September and there was a big temp drop at the lake so be prepared. Going up we were in the 60s at the top it was close to freezing with the wind chill. We saw mule deer on the way up and mountain goats at the top.
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8/13/2018
Good hike. Steep but worth it. I live at 5000 and still find it hard at ten. So if you are coming from sea level as we met several hikers would think twice about this one. First part of hike was heavy traffic but the second part after the falls was much better. Start early this time of the year. I am 66 and it took 4 1/2 up to the lake and 3 1/2 Down. It is more like 9.6 miles round trip with a 3000’ elevation gain. Fairly steep.
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7/10/2018
What a fantastic hike in the Vail area! If you only hike to the beautiful falls it is 4 miles round trip, a steady incline, but not too difficult. We decided to continue past the falls to the lake, and the trail definitely becomes more difficult. The views at the lake (at 11,500 ft) are breathtaking! So beautiful. Careful if you aren't used to the elevation. Even if you are in great shape I guarantee you will feel winded. This took us about 6 and a half hours. Gorgeous hike.
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9/24/2011
This was an excellent hike very close to Vail. I stumbled upon it using trails.com while looking for something to keep me busy while my wife attended a conference in Vail. I would strongly suggest arriving early if you would like a parking spot at the trail head as it was very busy when I arrived at 10am. Both the falls and the lake are well worth the effort. I will be taking my wife back with me as this is worth another visit. If you are a strong hiker you can probably knock this one out in 4 hours if you go to the lake. The peaks surrounding the lake slope just enough to scramble for an even better view. Enjoy!
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6/21/2010
Great trail. The falls were beautiful, but we never made it to the lake. Must of made a wrong turn somewhere and lost the trail in the snow. We started to follow the creek in search of the lake and ended up at a dead end. Brought our dogs and they had a great time. Plenty of little creeks for them to play in.
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6/9/2009
Solid hike with great views and a solid pay off. A bit crowded... but that's to be expected.
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5/30/2009
Beautiful hike to get started early as we encountered a lot of daywalkers heading up on our way down. Less than half mile past the falls we encountered pretty heavy snow cover still. Water was raging making for a beautiful scene at the falls!
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2/22/2009
Trail was nice and packed down at the trailhead, but had to strap on the snowshoes about halfway to the falls. Beantiful hike.
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10/15/2008
I loved this hike went with my sis her boyfriend and my girlfiend. Pretty challenging, but alot of great views and anytime there are falls its always worth the effort. DO IT!
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8/21/2008
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Trail Information

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
White River National Forest, (970) 945-2521, www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; Eagle–Holy Cross Ranger District, (970) 827-5715; Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, www.wilderness.net
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 37 D8; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Vail East
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Dec 2018