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Best Place to Hike

Special to the DailyThe Vail Valley offers an array of great hiking spots for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.
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West Lake Creek

Piney Lake

Booth Creek Falls



Following a Jeep road through a forest of Evergreens and later Aspens to an overlook over the Lake Creek hillsides set back from Edwards, West Lake Creek has been a longtime local favorite among hiking trails for years. The hike starts off fairly steep from a little parking lot at the trailhead on Lake Creek Road. After about 20 minutes of hiking, it levels out into a mellow switchback pattern that weaves its way in and out of trees through meadows and along rough-hewn old-fashion fences. The trail is popular on weekends so don’t expect much solitude. Dog owners seem to like the route especially.

On the upside, its popularity makes West Lake Creek a great exercise venue with built-in people-watching benefits, as well as an easy snowshoe hike in the winter time that rarely requires any trail-breaking skills.



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