Outdoor adventures abound in the Vail Valley, and our knowledgeable concierge team is well-versed in the best hikes in the area. The following are their top picks for panoramic mountain splendor:
Hanging Lake: About 22 miles west of Vail, this hike starts in Glenwood Canyon. It is rated a difficult trail, but it is only 1.2 miles each way and well worth the views. It’s a short steep, scenic trail that travels up Glenwood Canyon through Deadwood Creek Canyon to Hanging Lake.
Berry Picker: Not far from our Resort, this hike starts at Lionshead Village and winds up Vail Mountain to the top of the gondola. Considered a moderate level hike at 3.3 miles each way, our concierge team suggests to hike up, grab lunch at the top and take the gondola down.
Booth Creek Falls/Lake: Hikers begin on the trail at East Vail and at mile two, they pass through a 60-foot waterfall. The trail ascends steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile, and then, the trail climbs more gradually along Booth Creek. Beyond the falls, early season hikers may see traces of snow, as the trail winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Ambitious hikers can continue another two miles to Booth Lake.
Upper Piney: The Upper Piney trail is approximately four miles round trip and can take three to four hours. Standing at Piney Lake, the trail navigates through meadows and aspens on the west side of the valley. With a gradual climb guests will enter a spruce and fir forest. The valley narrows and then heads to the east drawing you towards to Upper Piney Lake. Elevation gains become more rapid and difficult, but the footpath is great for families.More posts from August 2012