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In the winter, Vail is known for its snow-covered slopes. But come summer, the snow melts off and those same mountainsides are known for their promise of endless outdoor recreation. Hiking trails abound in Vail, many of which meander through Aspen groves or branch off from forest service roads. 

Though some hiking trails are accessible year-round, most are at their best in the summer. Hillsides and the leaves of trees shimmer and the warmth of summer is an ideal time to take a dip in a creek, an alpine lake, or even a waterfall. 

Come summer, lace up your boots and conquer these Vail hiking trails.

Best Hiking Trails

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#1 - Gore Creek Path

This Vail Village classic meanders along Gore Creek beginning in Vail Village and is good for all skill levels.

Length: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 209 ft

  1. Trail Guide


#2 - Vail Resort Trails

See the slopes from a new point of view by hiking the ski mountain itself. You can even take the lift!

Length: Misc.
Difficulty: Ranges from easy to difficult
Elevation Gain: Misc.

  1. Trail Guide


#3 - Strawberry Lane

Fields of wildflowers and vibrant green grass will delight as you hike this trail up Vail Mountain.

Length: 2.7 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 682 ft.

  1. Trail Guide

#4 - Booth Falls Trailhead

This moderate, popular trail meanders along a river and up to a waterfall in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.

Length: 4.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1358 ft.

  1. Trail Guide

#5 - Upper Piney River Falls

Trek through meadows then climb through Aspens and conifers before reaching a rushing waterfall.

Length: 5.9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 731 ft

  1. Trail Guide

#6 - Deluge Lake Trail

You'll find yourself climbing, climbing, climbing on this steep trail with a glistening lake as your reward.

Length: 9 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Gain: 3444 ft

  1. Trail Guide