Best Hike — Best of Vail Valley 2019 |

Best Hike — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Piney River Ranch

2. Berrypicker Trail

3. Missouri Lakes Trailhead

Piney River Ranch stands out as a premier hiking destination because it holds an iconic view of the Vail Valley and the Gore Range.

“It embodies everything we love about where we live,” said Annette Budzak, an owner at the ranch. “The Upper Piney River Ranch/Piney Falls trail (6 miles round trip) captures open fields of wildflowers, majestic strands of aspens, cool shady pines and craggy rocky formations all while overlooking Piney Lake with towering Mt. Powell in the distance. The area is home to abundant wildlife like moose, bear, deer, eagles, marmots, foxes and loads of trout.”

This location has something for every level of hiker and is only 12 miles north of Vail, with a backcountry feel that allows you to feel like you’re a world away.

-Kim Fuller

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