Vail Beach in summer can be either rocky or deep in fine sand, depending on changes wrought by winter storms. A steep, slippery trail to the beach is accessible at the first bend of Snake Hole Road, off Lakeside Drive. Limited parking. At the bottom of the trail, proceed east for 50 yards, over rocky beachfront; the beach is around the first point. The surf can be heavy here, and there are rocks in the shallows.