Why not push yourself and try one of the most prestigious hiking trails in the entire Vail Valley. Berry Picker is known in the late summer for having a vast amount of local wild raspberries. The start of the trail is located right at the base of Lionhead, and continues 3 miles up to the top Vail Mountain.
Want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Vail? Well then, Booth Falls is the perfect trail for you! With an easy drive just east of the Vail Village and Lionshead, Booth Falls offer breath taking views of the Gore Range and is home to a spectacular 80ft waterfall. To get there, head east on S. Frontage Road for 4 miles, make a left onto Booth Road, and the trail head will be at the end of the road.
Intermediate level: Lion Down
Starting about 150 yards away Lion Down trail is one of the only trails on Vail Mountain that allows biking and hiking on the same trail. To get to Lion Down trail start at the base on the Eagle Bahn Gondola, follow the Berry Picker Trail up about 1/8 of a mile till you connect with Lion Down. Once on the Lion Down, fell free to go as far as you want before you turn around, or follow the trail all the way to the top of Vail Mountain.
Shrine Ridge Trail:
Travel east from Vail on I-70 to Exit 190 for Vail Pass. Exit here and turn right heading west, onto the Shrine Pass dirt road (FSR 712). Follow this easy road 2.3 miles to just past the indistinct Shrine Pass summit and forest boundary. The trailhead is on the left near the gravel driveway for the Shrine Mountain Inn. Follow the trail southwest as it climbs through pine-studded meadows. After about 1.3 miles the trail turns west heading through pine forest before the steepest part of the climb to the saddle to the west of you. From the saddle turn right and travel northwest to Shrine Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views.
Beginner level: Vail Valley Trail
Located just off the backside of your pool deck the Vail Valley trail is an easy going, and great for a family outing. The path connects Lionshead and Vail Village, then come to a beautiful ending at the Betty Ford Gardens. The Vail Valley trail is good for all ability levels.
Come visit the Vail Nature Center, operated by Walking Mountains Science Center! This seven-acre facility, in the heart of Vail, is a tranquil gem to explore the web of trails along Gore Creek or come inside to learn from the exhibits and knowledgeable staff. Programs include: hiking, birding tours, beaver pond tours, wildflower viewing, stargazing, and creekside nature tours. You can also sign up for family half-day hikes and full day hikes.