Deluge Lake Hiking

Deluge Lake, located in off exit 171 in East Vail (only a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride from the Antlers, is a great hike for a amateur hiker. Its fairly steep at first giving you a good warm up, then levels out to a nice long gradual ascent to a lake nestled in a valley between several peaks. The hike is about 7 hours round trip so be sure to bring food and water. Now a minor drawback to this hike is for the first 2 miles or so you are still within sight and sound of route 70. So it takes away from the whole nature experience early on. Still, I was blown away when we got behind the mountain, out of sight of the road, and into the Rockies. Gore Creek valley is an awesome sight to behold with many jagged cliffs overlooking the creek below. Then as we got further up the trail we discovered a valley straight out of the sound of music. Grassy knolls dotted with white rocks, a picture perfect creek running right down the middle. It was really an awesome place to be. Getting over that stream was pretty fun, it is a log hanging over a small waterfall that wasn’t exactly secure. We nearly lost one of our hiking members into that stream but luckily he was able to regain his balance. As you follow Deluge Creek up the valley, you will reach your destination, a secluded lake hidden between some massive, scree covered rocky crags.


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This map includes the trailhead location in relation to the Antlers and Vail (just move the map a little west/left), Deluge Lake Hiking trail, and I included Gore Creek trail as well which is a hike I plan to accomplish very soon.

Booth Falls and Booth Lake hike

Booth Falls is one of the most popular vail hiking trails in the Vail area.  The Falls are the huge attraction as it is one of the few waterfalls in the Vail valley.  The trail is about 6 miles one way with 3,080 vertical feet of climibing to get to the lake.  Keep in mind that the Falls is only 1/2 the distance (about 3 miles one way). So if you want an easy 3 hour round trip hike, do just the falls.  The trail head is only about 3 miles from the Antlers at Vail condominiums , just down the Frontage road about 1/2 a mile past the Vail golf course.  Right after you go underneath the interstate, take the 2nd left onto  Booth Falls Road.   Drive up about 1 block and you’ll find parking for the trail.  Pack a lunch and bring your camera.


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Enjoy the hike!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The falls

 

Pitkin Lake hiking Trail

Pitkin lake trail in East Vail, Colorado is similiar to the popular Booth lake trail in that the final destination is a scenic mountain lake. It is about 5 miles one way and can take anywhere from 5-8 hours round trip with most people taking around 6 hours. The highest point along the pitkin trail is 11,400, which is higher than the top of Vail mountain. Total elevation gain is 3,000 vertical feet (thank you very much). It is quite steep at the beginning, so be ready. In addition, it can be deceiving for your arrival to the lake. Everytime you think you are there, you have more trail to hike and another hill to climb. The trailhead for the pitkin hiking trail is off of interstate 70, exit 180. Once you get off at exit 180 go north and take a right on the small road that heads east towards some townhomes. Trail head parking is along the street and the trailhead is on the north by the creek. It is a simple 10 minute drive from the Antlers at Vail hotel.


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Have fun on the trail !

Bighorn hiking trail in East Vail, Colorado

Bighorn Trail is one of the shorter hikes in the East Vail, Colorado area. At the end is an old miner’s cabin (now a hunting cabin) which you can explore or camp out in. People call this the “Bighorn Hilton”. To get to this Vail hike drive East from the Antlers at Vail Hotel about 4 miles on Interstate 70 to exit 180. Get on Bighorn road and drive East until you get to Columbine Drive. Take a left and go up the hill and underneath the freeway where you’ll soon find the trailhead. The trail is very steep at the beginning but mellows out in the middle, then hits a couple of boulder fields before you top out through meadows before getting to the cabin. It is approximately 3.6 miles one way. 2200 vertical feet of gain. It tops out at 10,800 feet.


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Enjoy the hike !