Booth Falls Trail
Booth Falls Trail
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Six-mile hiking trail climbs 3,000 feet in elevation as it passes varied scenery including lakes, waterfalls and aspen forests.
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stijntailly
Waregem, Belgium300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A very popular trail near swanky Vail, so obviously the one I decided upon if you get to do just one hike in the area. It's a tough 2-mile climb to the falls, but the trail continues past the namesake waterfalls if you wish to go further. You can take a little breather near the stream where it plunges down to form the falls. The mountainsides are dotted with beautiful aspens, making this one particularly spectacular in fall. I suppose you could perform this hike in a tight two hours, but count on three hours to do it comfortably. Being a very popular hike, with its trailhead near Vail and near the Interstate running along it (there is some noise pollution from it), parking is very, very hard to come by (we were lucky somebody left when we got there). If you have enough time, I would probably recommend the (free?) shuttle service the town of Vail offers.
Written March 21, 2020
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Anne S
Phoenix6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is one of our family's new favorite hikes ever. We went early (8 a.m.) and it was a quiet hike up. More crowded on the way down. Took my family of four (kids 10 and 12) about 3 hours to hike up as we stopped frequently to enjoy views, etc. One hour to hike down. Steady climb up, with a bit of scrambling near the top, but this hike could be accomplished by almost anyone if enough time and care is taken. There were no dangerous points as long as not raining and even dogs and children younger than ours were hiking it. At the top you are rewarded with a waterfall and stunning views, although the entire way is picture worthy. My kids are not avid hikers and both appreciated this hike through and through. My 12 year old son even thanked me for picking it which was highly unusual.
Written August 9, 2021
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Scoop70
Sugar Grove, IL179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This hike is not for out of shape people or people who suffer from any leg or hip issues. It took us just under 2 hrs to get to the water fall , which was awesome ( the lake is another mile and and half further- we did not do ) Beautiful country along the hike. People were so friendly and very courteous on the trails when passing by or you having people pass by you. Us flat landers were very proud of our accomplishment! You don’t realize what you just did until on your way back down. Take a backpack with waters and snacks. I saw some that had packed sandwiches. Have fun and do it !
Written August 5, 2020
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J F
California12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Gorgeous canyon with beautiful wild flowers in the summer, a stunning waterfall to spread out and enjoy, and tons of green trees. Really a beautiful trail worth doing in Vail. It can be a bit steep right at the start and not recommended with dogs since it is narrow.
Written August 21, 2020
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kn56
Minneapolis, MN213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We didn't make it all the way to the falls, but the trail is beautiful. The trail is well maintained. It is fairly steep though and for us we didn't want to push things with only being at altitude for one day. I wish we could have made it to the falls!
Written August 16, 2021
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Isina A
Miami Beach, FL153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It was my second trail experience in my like, and I liked it very much. The view is amazing right from the beginning, even though is summer it was not too crowded. All hikers wore masks and were very respectful trying to do social distancing where the trail was narrow.
You should take water, sunscreen and if you are a beginner hiker like me, be ready to stop and catch your breath more than once or twice.
The road is very steep near the waterfall, but it is worth it.
Enjoy the hiking!
Written August 23, 2020
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GMBG
Brooklyn, NY450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful trail with several challenging sections. At start, there is a steep climb for first mile. Then it gets easier with wonderful vistas to enjoy. Towards the top it gets very challenging again - in late May there were many treacherous areas of ice and snow and mud. We are a couple in our early 60’s that work out vigorously everyday and in great shape, but this was hard at times. Once we got to falls, we turned around and the rains started. Coming down in the rain with all trails reduced to mud became even more challenging. It took us 2 3/4 hours to get to Falls and 2 hours to come down. But it was worth it.
Written May 17, 2021
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Kim36237
Lake Zurich, IL164 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I must have read outdated trail reports on Booth Creek because there was no parking anywhere near the trailhead. You must ride the Vail bus and then walk 5 min up the road thru the neighborhood to the trailhead. Once there, it’s a breathy incline up for the majority of the way. My husband and I are in our mid-50’s and in good shape. Our mid-August hike had many of the flowers past peak, but there was a fair amount of color as we wound thru the meadows and aspens. Perhaps we were looking for a sign of some sort when we “arrived” at the falls, but there isn’t any.
After the rocky steep incline up the water bed, you’ll get to a large forested area with pine needles covering the ground…veer left and follow the sound of the falls; you’ll actually be on TOP of it. Carefully inch out on the rock cliffs for the views below. For us, it was about 1 1/2hrs to the falls. Bring plenty of water.
Written August 17, 2023
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Mi S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It is quite a hike to the top. But if you are up to it, the trip is rewarding. Be sure to bring plenty of water and clothing for the changing environment. The falls are where most people turn back. It is still a good walk to them and worth the effort. The trail is easy to follow and wide enough to let people coming the opposite direction get by pretty easily. There are a few steep areas but nothing too challenging. The altitude will get you if you are not used to it. Be sure to look back down the valley for the great views. Also, leave enough time to get headed down before the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms roll in. That, and again, don't forget to bring enough water.
Written March 6, 2024
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jomurray3
Arlington, VA3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
With all the wonderful hikes to experience in Vail I found this to be the most disappointing based on the reviews. You have to take a shuttle to the trailhead but the bus lets you off a quarter mile from the trailhead. You walk through a neighborhood to enter the trail and listen to road noise for the first half of the trail. The trail is steep and rocky. The falls is underwhelming. I don’t see what the fuss is about. Go hike somewhere else. Not worth the time and energy.
Written July 14, 2022
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