Booth Lake is located 4.35 miles north of Booth Lake Trailhead on I-70 in Vail CO. It fills a slender basin at the head of a steep walled valley in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The Booth Creek Trail is a compelling destination in itself, highlighted by Booth Falls, mature aspen, abundant flowers and alpine meadows en route to the lake:
Booth Lake is deceptively long with a small island in its center. The lake is easy to explore, as are the open slopes above.
The trail winds north through grassy hillsides to the Eagles Nest Wilderness Boundary, and gradually straightens up a widening valley framed by towering, red-hued walls. It continues steeply over the falls where aspen give way to a thick spruce forest. The trail moves quickly up the valley through open meadow and thin bands of spruce to the base of a final, steep climb where it runs through large rock slabs and boulders to a crest. It finally drops to the grassy east shore of Booth Lake.
- Near: Vail, CA
- Distance: 9 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 3300 ft
- Hike Time: 5 hours
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Trail Condition: Mostly well maintained trail
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- Dog Friendly: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Yes
Getting to the trail head: