If you like waterfalls, cascades, lakes and incredible scenery, don't miss Booth Falls and Booth Lake.
In the main parking lot, you'll see a gate. Walk around the gate, take a few steps and you'll see a board with a map and a sign above it that says "Booth Lake Trail." Sign in at the register box and begin the steep climb.
Scenery along the Booth Lake Trail
About a mile up the trailhead, there's a good view of a cascade on the other side of the creek. You don't have to hike a social trail to see this, just watch for it to appear. I took about 3 steps off the trail to get a good picture.
There is no sign for Booth Falls and many people miss seeing this drop. Read the hike description for information on how to find the falls.
This is the drop most people see from the top of the falls.
The upper section of Booth Falls.
A closer shot.
About 0.4 miles from the falls, the trail winds its way back to the creek and a trail in a valley. The trails drops down to the water here and follows the creek for a short distance.
I turned around to look back at the trail and spotted something I didn't expect -- ski runs. You can see some of the runs at Vail ski resort and Mount of the Holy Cross.
After passing through the meadows, the trail turns slightly left and begins the last big climb to the cirque that holds Booth Lake. As you hike up, look for the cascades/waterfalls from the outlet of Booth Lake.
When the valley opens up, enjoy the rocky peaks above you and the wildflowers below you.
Looking down the valley we've hiked up.
When you suddenly crest the ridge at the top, you should see Booth Lake.