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Pitkin Lake hiking Trail

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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 !