A Hiker’s Delight

Test your limits at Eagles Nest Wilderness Area

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Vail. Not only is the destination free of crowds, accommodations are more affordably priced compared to peak winter season, and the natural surrounding beauty can’t be beat.

And if you’re a seasoned hiker, look no further than Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. This 133,000-acre wilderness boasts craggy 13,000-foot peaks and lake basins surrounded by wildflowers. There aren’t many trails available, and the few here are heart-stompingly steep. Up for a real challenge?

Locals recommend trying the Red Buffalo Pass to Eccles Pass, via Gore Range Trail. Taking two to four days, it’ll challenge both body and mind. But if you’re seeking something a bit less taxing, try hiking Piney Lake and Upper Piney Lake. 

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