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3 Accessible Vail Hikes Worth Tackling This Summer

By Caitlin Row | Monday, April 29, 2019

Enjoying a Vail-area hike doesn’t have to take the whole day. Here are three accessible, half-day options for Vail hiking this summer.

Please note: These trails will likely not be open for the summer season until at least Memorial Day weekend. Springtime hiking can be touch and go depending on elevation and if the snow has sufficiently melted off yet. Check before you go.

Start planning your summertime jaunts with EverythingVailValley.com!

1. Booth Falls Trail

East Vail, Colorado

Booth Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that’s rated moderate to difficult. Steep and rocky areas are prevalent throughout this Vail hike.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Beyond the falls the trail winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Above 10,000 feet the trees thin and the terrain changes offering views of the Gore Range. The last quarter-mile to Booth Lake is steep and rocky.”

While I’ve never hiked to the lake, I hear it’s worth the work. I did make it to the waterfall, which is a good hike in itself and lasted a bit more than an hour one way. One commenter on AllTrails.com said it took him 75 minutes to get from the trailhead to the waterfall. 

How to get there: Drive east on I-70 to Exit 180, East Vail. Take this exit and head under I-70. Then turn left onto the North Frontage Road. Continue about 1 mile to Booth Falls Road and turn right; continue to the parking area, which offers limited parking. Carpooling is recommended due to small parking-lot size.

Since you’re in the area: Head back to Vail for some sustenance and libations after the hike. Vail Ale House in West Vail is a sports bar and restaurant with an expansive Colorado beer list. Grab a brew, watch a game and relax. 

2. Meadow Mountain

Minturn, Colorado

Meadow Mountain is a nearly 10-mile, out-and-back trail near Minturn. It features rolling hills and, in the summer, long grass and wildflowers. One doesn’t need to hike the whole trail length, however; just go as far as you like and turn back when you’re ready. The trail is dog-friendly, and I hike it during the winter as well. It’s a fun snowshoe and sledding spot.

AllTrails.com rates it as moderate and says it’s best between June and October. Overall, it’s pretty easy.

How to get there: According to the Holy Cross Ranger District, “Travel west on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn, Leadville and Highway 24. Exit here and turn right (south). Just past the interstate, there is a large parking lot on the right. The trail begins from the south end of the parking lot near the white house.”

Since you’re in the area: Head over to Minturn’s Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea for a delicious cup of something caffeinated.

3. EagleVail Trail

EagleVail, Colorado

EagleVail Trail is located in, you guessed it, EagleVail and is nearby EagleVail Golf Course. This trail is rated easy to moderate by the Hiking Project, and I concur. Point to point, it’s about 2.5 miles with quick bursts of uphill. Well-behaved dogs are welcome; just be sure to pick up after them. I’ve taken my parents and in-laws, who both live at lower elevations, on this hike and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Folks on mountain bikes are also prevalent.

How to get there: There is a small parking area at the top of Eagle Drive, at the cul-de-sac. 

Since you’re in the area: Head over to Vail Brewing Company‘s EagleVail location. It serves locally brewed, seasonal beers, plus the EagleVail location boasts a taco truck!

And with that …

We’ll see you in Vail!

Photo (top) features the Booth Falls Trail, by Caitlin Row

Vail Whitewater Race Series May 7 – June 4, 2019

The first of a five-race series in Gore Creek in Vail started on Tuesday of this week at 5:15pm and this marks the seventh years the series has been underway. The races are open to kayaks (under 9 feet, 6 inches), two-person raft teams and stand-up paddleboarders. The finish is at the International Bridge and festivities will be in full effect.

The series continues every Tuesday night through June 4. As the series wraps ups, The Town of Eagle will host and inaugural series at its new whitewater park beginning June 11.

Lake Creek, Edwards, CO 81632

An exclusive residential community that a quiet, rural environment along Lake Creek with wooded hillsides, open pastures for horses and agriculture that make Lake Creek a desirable place to live. Wildlife signtings include elk, deer, bears, mountain lions and foxes with Southern views of the rugged Sawatch Range and surrounded by the White River National Forest, Holy Cross Wilderness and BLM Land.
In addition, Edwards has some of the Valley’s finest restaurants and shopping. The Riverwalk commercial area, located in the center of Edwards on the banks of the Eagle River, has numerous restaurants, a variety of boutique shops, a grocery store, movie theater, hotel and other amenities. Across from Riverwalk is another commercial area, the Edward Village Center, where one can find a delightful mix of shopping and dining. Primary and secondary schools, Colorado Mountain College, churches, parks, and athletic facilities are all within the Edwards community.

1531 Lake Creek Road $6,250,000 OPEN HOUSE Saturday, March 23 3:00-5:00

Located on one of the most breathtaking settings in Lake Creek, this European style 5832 sqft SF is nestled in a pine forest w/over 450 ft of Lake Creek river frontage. The recently remodeled Wm Ohs kitchen is a chefs delight w/ Sub Zero glass fridge, Wolf oven & ten ft slab island. A gracious master suite w/stunning spa bath & massive closet. The beautiful landscaping is irrigated w/water rights from Lake Creek. This is a rare & exceptional estate: gated, zoned for horses, water rights & fenced.

1531 Lake Creek Road, Edwards, CO 81632

5 bed / 4.5 bath / 5,832 sq ft +/- / $6,250,000
Located on one of the most breathtaking settings in Lake Creek, this European style 5832 sqft SF is nestled in a pine forest w/over 450 ft of Lake Creek river frontage. The recently remodeled Wm Ohs kitchen is a chefs delight w/ Sub Zero glass fridge, Wolf oven & ten ft slab island. A gracious master suite w/stunning spa bath & massive closet. The beautiful landscaping is irrigated w/ water rights from the creek. This is one of a kind property: gated & zoned for horses. Call Suzi Apple for more details. 970-376-5417

57 Riverside Road #E, Avon, CO 81632

A River Runs Through It” Enjoy the rushing sounds and stunning beauty of the Eagle River from this lovely, recently remodeled and expanded 2022 sqft, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. The surprisingly private and expansive upper deck offers a quiet haven or perfect for entertaining guests. Beautifully finished, the home showcases new cabinets and appliances, slab granite, new windows and doors, new wood trim and paint, a redesigned lower level w/ added full bath, a rare wood burning fireplace & garage. Call Suzi Apple for more details. 970-376-5417

Colorado Fishing Ranch for Sale, on Eagle River with Water Rights!

This Colorado ranch for sale, located minutes outside Vail, Colorado and Beaver Creek, Colorado, affords blissful tranquility from 35.5 acres & boasts sweeping views of dramatic Colorado vistas & radiant colorful mesas.

Eagle River RanchSpectacular & rare, this land is within a gated community alongside the stunning Eagle River that is teeming with Brown & Rainbow Trout. With over 950 feet of river frontage this magnificent setting is a chance in a lifetime to own. Zoned resource for a single-family & detached caretakers, this property is primed for the ultimate Colorado ranch & river estate. Recently reduced to $895,000!!

Last weekend, these were just a couple of the fish that were caught on this property:

Fish at Eagle River Ranch, Vail Co Fish at Eagle River Ranch, Vail Co Fish at Eagle River Ranch, Vail Co

For more information on this spectacular Eagle River property, or for a personal tour, please contact Suzi Apple, Broker/Owner at 970.376.5417 or Apple@GatewayToVail.com

For more information on Vail Valley Real Estate, or to browse the entire Vail MLS, please visit GatewayToVail.com

Area’s First Trophy Home!

 

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Eagle County‘s first Trophy Home dates back 6,000 years! Built buy nomadic Native Americans, the historical, well preserved Yarmony Pit House was in use through the 1800’s. Native American’s nestled at this site during the long Colorado winters, using this habitation for hunting grounds for thousands of years! They gathered here prior to the Anasazi  Indians creating Colorado’s Mesa Verde and well before the Great Pyramids of Egypt or Stonehenge were erected!

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First unearthed in 1987 near State Bridge, the Yarmony Pit House is one of Colorado‘s oldest archaeological sites. Discovered accidentally during a routine road improvement project, Yarmony Pit House soon changed the previously held perception as to how far north Native Americans wintered.

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Over 4,000 unscathed artifacts were unearthed during the excavation headed by Michael D. Metcalf. To preserve the Yaromony site, archaeologist’s have back-filled the area with sand. This not only preserves the integrity of the pit houses, but will also allow future archaeologist’s to re-explore this area without further contamination or erosion to the site. Metcalf would like to expand the survey to include more of Colorado’s River valleys with the intent of discovering more Native American Pit Houses, which will in turn fill in some of the gaps in our Colorful Colorado history!

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