Mr HaHa and I had been to Piney Lake area earlier in May to camp, but to be honest, we hadn't even gone to the lake because we had Oscar in tow and understood the lake to be on private property. We missed out. I mean, look at this view!
To get to Piney Lake, it'd be recommended to have a four wheel drive vehicle. From Vail's north frontage road, turn onto Red Sandstone road. Don't be fooled by it's initial paving, it will turn into a red sandstone road. Follow the road and at the first fork, go left and follow signs for Piney Lake. You can also put Piney Lake into navigation (do it before you leave Red Sandstone Road, you will loose cell service!). It takes about 45 minutes once turning off the frontage road to get to the lake.
Piney Lake Ranch is private property, but there is a parking lot available. If you're feeling up for more than just taking in the view, there is Upper Piney Lake trail to hike. The trail is about 6 miles round trip and will take you to water falls. It's the perfect spot to take in Colorado's beauty as it's finest!
Piney Lake is well worth the drive and a gorgeous spot! As I mentioned above, there is camping in the area and because it's National Forest, it's free! Until next time Piney!