From I-70, take exit 176 in Vail. Turn right at Red Sandstone Road and follow the paved road until you reach the dirt road marked with the Forest Service sign. Continue for 2.7 miles to a fork in the road at Lost Lake Road. Keep left. Continue straight for just under 9 miles and watch for the sign that reads "Piney Lake." The parking lot is open from late June through mid-September.
Piney Lake is at the foot of the grand Gore Range mountains, and 9,350 feet above sea level surrounded by the immense acreage of the White River National Forest.