Fancy Lakestrail

Holy Cross Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance4.0mi
Elevation Gain3,360ft
Trailhead Elevation11,624ft
Top12,401ft
Elevation Min/Max10019/12401ft
Elevation Start/End11624/11624ft

Fancy Lakestrail

Fancy Lakestrail is a hiking trail in Eagle County, Colorado. It is within Holy Cross Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 11,624 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,360 feet. This trail connects with the following: Holy Ciity Trail and Missouri Lakes Trail.

Fancy Lakestrail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail lives up to its name with gusto. We could hardly ask for a more spectacular setting, with the consistently beautiful Sawatch Range to the west and the high peaks of the Continental Divide and the Tenmile and Mosquito Ranges east.

This hike is one of the prettiest in the state, with no intermission in this concert of rugged mountains, high alpine lakes, cascading streams, and immense glacial valleys here in the southern reaches of the Holy Cross Wilderness. A steep initial climb leads to Fancy Pass, then down into the bucolic Missouri Lakes area and a return along Missouri Creek. A fancy hike, indeed."

"Located in the southern end of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area, the hike over Fancy Pass accesses some wonderful mountain terrain as well as a handful of pristine alpine lakes. Adding both miles and interest to this trip is a continuation of the route over nearby Missouri Pass. The end result is a 8-mile loop trip that connects two nearby trailheads."

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9/6/2009
This was a spectacular trail with beautiful views characterized by water falls, mountains and pristine alpine lakes. The ugly part was - we are Floridians with the highest point in our state being somewhere around 300ft. Talk about difficulty just breathing. Fancy pass was VERY challenging for this 50 year old - but worth it. Would recommend anyone not from altitude break this up into 2 days and avoid summiting at 12;30 - 1:00 - SLEET isn't that much fun.
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9/4/2009
Though a bit difficult to get to (the road in is a bit of a bumpy slow go), this is a spectacular hike, with a lovely alpine climb up, the beautiful lake just below the pass, stunning views from the pass. If you then cross over to the Missouri pass and do the Missouri Lakes trail to get back (lots of lakes, picnic/camping spots towards the top)... you'll make a loop and have gotten two terrific hikes together for a full day! One of our favorite hikes.
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7/4/2007
I hiked this trail for the descent portion of the Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass Loop. If hiking from the trail head, the difficulty is moderate for the first couple of miles and gets progressively harder further on. The trail gains a lot of elevation in the last 0.5 to 0.75 mile before reaching Fancy Lake. Fancy Lake is a nice place to stop for food or perhaps camp. The trail from the lake to the pass is moderate to difficult and may have snow. I descended down the snow in a skiing fashion. The view from the pass is nice but not the greatest.
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6/5/2006
Snowed in below treeline still. Wait until July for a trip.
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8/21/2002
The trailhead is accessible about 10 miles in on a gravel road from US 24. The road does not require that you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The trail is easy to follow and works its way up the drainage to Fancy Lake. You can turn around at this spot or continue up a short ways to Fancy Pass. The trail up to the top of the pass is steep and has a lot of loose rock. It requires a little bit of attention but it is not hazardous. You can also make a great day hike by continuing over the pass where you can stay high and then go over Missouri Pass to return down the adjacent drainage to the Missouri Trail trailhead which is only about 100 yards from where you started. At the foot of the Missouri pass are several wonderful lakes. The terrain seems to suggest doing this loop counterclockwise as described here.
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Trail Information

Holy Cross Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Holy Cross Wilderness Area
Parks
White River National Forest; Holy Cross Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Mount of the Holy Cross, Mount Jackson
Local Maps

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Oct 2018