#FirstDayofFall: MYPR’s Five Favorite Fall Hikes in the Vail Valley

Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit Vail. The busy summer season is over, but the village stays vibrant with beautiful colors, exciting festivals and spectacular lodging, restaurant and spa deals! This also could be one of the best times to get out for a hike as the weather becomes mild and fall foliage turns trails into golden walkways. The team at MYPR is definitely taking advantage of the short, hidden season, so hopefully you’ll catch us on one of our favorite hiking trails.

  1. Berry Picker – 6.4 miles roundtrip

Head over to the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village in Vail and you will begin seeing signs for the trail once you cross the bridge. This peaceful trail has you weaving through patches of open meadows and trees while crossing creeks and enjoying the views. Arrive at the top of Eagle’s Nest and grab a bite to eat. You can either take the gondola down or head back the way you came.

“Berry Picker, a.k.a. Booty Kicker gains about 2,000 feet in elevation which makes it a great trail to get you in shape for ski season. Make sure to bring the dogs for extra motivation!” – Taylor

  1. Lost Lake Trail – 3.73 miles roundtrip

One of the easiest high lakes to reach in the Gore Range, Lost Lake is an incredibly family friendly hike with a meandering trail through aspen. This hike is short distance from Vail with a picturesque reward at the turnaround point.

“This is my first choice for an easily accessible hike with kids. It’s something a 6-year-old can try but also something an adult will enjoy. A great introductory hike to the backcountry for youngsters and out of town visitors.” – Kristin

  1. Upper Piney Lake – 6 miles roundtrip

For those needing a digital detox, take the AWD up 700 Red Sandstone Road off of the North Frontage Road in Vail to the tucked away Piney River Ranch. The trail begins to the left of the lake with a mellow incline followed by a switchback in a picture-perfect golden aspen grove. From there it’s just a few miles to the rocky falls that you are likely to hear before you arrive.

“My go-to hike if I’m looking to clear my mind or enjoy great company. You will always find some of the best views and even might get lucky with wildlife appearances made by moose, deer, marmots and more!” – Taylor

  1. Beaver Lake – 6 miles roundtrip

Passing through Beaver Creek village, you will be directed through a number of red signs to parking for the Beaver Lake Trail. From the parking lot begin your ascent up a utility road on Beaver Creek Mountain. The trail veers off to the right into a patch of aspen trees and continues to climb with short stretches of relatively flat breaks. The final stretch of continuous uphill turns into a narrow path that leads you straight to the lake. Take in the views and enjoy a brew once you’ve reached the tranquil top.

“If you get out early enough on a weekend, there is hardly anyone on the trail. This is a great destination hike for beautiful views of Beaver Creek and a relaxing picnic by the water.” – Taylor

  1. Lower Cross Creek – 4-11 miles roundtrip

This trail is outside of Minturn just two miles up Tigiwon Road #707. The trail follows a ridge and drops down to Cross Creek. This out and back hike allows outdoor enthusiasts to hike as far as they would like before turning around. The longer you hike, the more amazing rewards there are! There are stream crossings, Mount of the Holy Cross is visible at mile two, there are open meadows and more. A number of high altitude lakes also can be accessed from the Cross Creek trail.

“This is one of my favorite hikes in the Vail Valley! There’s nothing like hiking up the valley with the sound of the creek the whole time. For a quick hike after work, I like crossing the creek at the first bridge and going up the valley about a mile or two. There’s one spot with a big rock platform that overlooks the whole valley – it’s the perfect spot for a picnic, snack or just a taking in the view.” – Kristin