Trip Reports Looking back, Pitkin Lake blocked by the big rock formation in the middle. There are lots of pleasant views to see here. Pitkin Lake Trail makes for an adventure-filled day hike. ", "The trail distance is actually pretty accurate. Box 948 Glenwood Springs CO 81602 970.945.2521. Beautiful strenuous hike. The majority of the Booth Creek Trail is exposed to sun. ", "I have always questioned the mileage listed for this trail. Booth Lake is deceptively long with a small island in its center. Brandon Chalk gave great beta on this route. And my wife asked me where I have been and I told her a place that was 26 years ago. Dogs are permitted on the Booth Creek Trail and within the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. The trail winds through aspen groves, meadows, and…, Today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates. There…, Gore Lake Trail is a full-day hike to the beautiful, alpine lake. Pitkin Lake Eagle County, CO. BE THE FIRST TO WRITE A REVIEW. I quiet little Mountain Lake with a small Island in it. It tasted great! The trail grows rugged leading up to Booth Falls (1.9 miles : 9,720'), which drops 60' in several stages (visible and accessible from numerous spurs off the main trail). ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Bill Stafford 1 year, 4 months ago . Before leaving the creek behind, the last vestiges of this year’s snowmelt churn into a turbulent waterway, a prime subject for the mandatory long-exposures. Avoidable knife edge. 8. Holy Cross Ranger District 24747 US Highway 24 Minturn, CO 81645 970.827.5715, White River National Forest 900 Grand Ave. P.O. Pitkin Lake is located 4.45 miles north of Vail in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Like most high points in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, it’s not a casual lunchtime jaunt. The trail plateaus to a disperse aspen forest, offering shade to cool you off after the steep ascent. Very rewarding." We arrived in the vicinity of the lake in about three hours from the trailhead. This is a very nice hike. The Gore Lake trail, on the other hand, might be that kind of a trek (in actual distance and in feeling). Bubble Lake Vail, CO. Upper Slate Lake Vail, CO. Booth Creek Vail, CO. Gore Lake. Pitkin Lake sits around 8.0km in, dramatically surrounded by tall, gray granite walls and alpine tundra. ", N39 39.052 W106 19.265 — 0.0 miles : Booth Lake Trailhead, N39 39.333 W106 19.119 — .5 miles: Steady rise through aspen and open fields, N39 39.643 W106 18.778 — 1.0 miles : Moderate grade through widening valley, N39 40.040 W106 18.757 — 1.5 miles : Grade steepens in thicker forest to falls, N39 40.364 W106 18.679 — 1.9 miles : Booth Falls, N39 40.418 W106 18.699 — 2.0 miles : Trail grows rugged and steep above falls, N39 40.846 W106 18.464 — 2.5 miles : Break in timber during steep climb, N39 41.118 W106 18.178 — 3.0 miles : Moderate travel up narrow, open valley, N39 41.420 W106 17.946 — 3.5 miles : Continue moderate travel up valley, N39 41.791 W106 18.068 — 4.0 miles : Steep, twisting approach to Booth Lake, N39 41.963 W106 18.347 — 4.35 miles : Booth Lake. From here, the trail begins to steeply ascend towards the alpine tundra where Pitkin Lake resides. Gorgeous spot strenuous hike and in those days we drank water without concern. 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