Booth Lake

August 12, 2017 · Eagles Nest Wilderness

Booth Lake is one of four glacial valley lakes accessible from exit #180 - just across the highway from Vail. While the trail to Booth Lake is in a glacial valley, it is consistently steeper than the trail to Pitkin Lake (which is just to the right of Booth Lake). Whereas the trail to Pitkin lake has significant elevation gain very early on in the hike. The trail to Booth lake doesn't have the big jump off of the valley floor like Pitkin lake, it's a steady, and noticeable incline all the way to Booth Lake.

I got lucky with the weather on the up to the lake. It was great, a few puffy white clouds racing by and a very light breeze. The views are amazing, you can see the classic layered rock formations you see throughout Vail, Red Cliff and Minturn. The wildflowers are in full bloom right now, making the trail very colorful. Closer to Booth Lake, the granite peaks are very dramatic against the blue sky. There are marmots everywhere, and I did get to see a family of Mountain Goats at Booth Lake. The weather turned quickly once at Booth Lake. The way back was a mix of dark clouds, thunder and rain, but mostly rain for the last hour or so. It was a beautiful hike, even with the crazy weather we've been having this hiking season. Checkout my GPS tracks here.


SIMILAR TRAILS

Horn Creek Lakes

September 4, 2021 · The trek to Horn Creek Lakes in the Southern Central Sangre de Cristo Wilderness is a beautiful hike. It is not a very difficult hike, but it is long. The steepest part of the trail is at the beginning of the trail, after that it is a nice long gentle glide up to Horn Creek Lakes...

Cascade Falls

August 9, 2014 · The trail to Cascade Falls is an easy hike and is full of wildlife, there were a number of Deer and Moose along the trail. The weather started out great but turned very fast and I had to cut the hike short. As such I did not make it to Cascade Falls, but the views up until the we...

North Fork Lake Creek Trail

July 14, 2019 · The hike to the pass along the North Fork Lake Creek Trail is absolutely beautiful, the views along hike in a steep V-shaped valley are simply breathtaking. The trail starts at the curve along Highway 82 just before it turns sharply and up to the crazy twisty-turn road known as I...

AREAS HIKED

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness9
Eagles Nest Wilderness10
Fossil Ridge Wilderness1
Fraser Experimental Forest1
Gunnison National Forest1
Holy Cross Wilderness12
Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness3
Indian Peaks Wilderness17
James Peak Wilderness1
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness2
Mount Evans Wilderness2
Mount Massive Wilderness2
Pike National Forest1
Raggeds Wilderness1
Rocky Mountain National Park41
San Isabel National Forest6
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness1
White River National Forest10
Zirkel Wilderness1

TRAILS BY MONTH

January3
February2
March2
April3
May5
June16
July26
August26
September27
October5
November4
December3

SEASONS ON THE TRAIL

2021

The 2021 Season has started. Though the pandemic created a challenging 2020 season, I am looking forward to building on the 2020 season to create an incredible 2021 season. The pandemic has taught me a few things about when and where to go hiking. As such planning for the 2021 se...

2020

The 2020 hiking season has been incredible, even in the face of adversity. The pandemic has made for a logistically challenging season. Somehow, I was still able to piece together an incredible 230+ miles on the trail this season and able to see some truly spectacular places. Enj...

2019

The 2019 hiking season was an interesting season, this was the first season that I started and ended the season snowshoeing and a full summer of hiking for a total of just under 225 miles on the trail. What this season has taught me is that it's winter in the mountains for a long...

2018

The 2018 Summer Hiking Season has come to an end. What a season, incredible views and just over 230 miles on the trail. Even with 230 miles, this season seems short to me, perhaps I'll add something to it during the winter season - snowshoeing perhaps. In the meantime, I hope you...

2017

The 2017 hiking season was interesting, I was able to explorer more of Colorado's National Forests and get in some camping, not as much camping as I would have liked, but hopefully next year I'll able to get in more multi-day hikes. This season came in just under 129 miles roundt...

2016

The 2016 hiking season was about spreading out and exploring more of Eagles Nest Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness and touching on White River National Forest - and of course a few trips into Rocky Mountain National Park. These are amazing National treasures. This season came i...

2015

The 2015 hiking season was a big hiking season, I decided to do a fundraiser for The Red Cross (I learned a lot about fundraising - it was very interesting) with my pledge to hike over 200 miles for this season, I came in at 217 miles for the season; what a great time out on the ...

2014

The 2014 hiking season was almost all about exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, it really is a beautiful park. What I learned during the course of this hiking season is, although people may roll their eyes when you say you're going on a hike in RMNP, it really is spectacular ...

2013

2013 is the year this all started. The hike to Pitkin Lake started it all. Although it was a difficult trail, I was hooked immediately. However, I didn't have the right gear and the seasons were changing quickly. So, even though this season only brought two hikes, I new this was ...