Fancy Pass Trail #2006

 6 votes

4.0 Miles 6.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,328' 710 m

Ascent

-527' -161 m

Descent

12,351' 3,765 m

High

10,023' 3,055 m

Low

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Minor Issues

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A steep trail past a beautiful creek, lake, and alpine pass.

Nick Wilder

Overview

Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall

Description

From the parking area, dive right in to beautiful fir forest. You'll find mushroom, lush green undergrowth, and stream braiding everywhere. The surface is pretty rocky and rooty, and even though it's not too steep, it's not that easy.

After a mile or so, you'll use an old mining road for a short period. After that you start hugging the creek more closely, which forms fascinating rock clefts with waterfalls. Near the lake, you'll take a bunch of very short switchbacks and then pop out on a bench with Fancy Lake. Soak in the views and consider turning around here if you're tired or the weather is bad.

Continuing on though, continue up the trail up MUCH steeper terrain up above tree line. The last bit of this trail has a groove carved into the alpine rock. There is an old mining sled at the bottom; imagine hauling that up and down this crazy steep slope, at 12,000+ feet, even in winter!

From the top of the pass, you can connect to the Missouri Lakes Trail #2003 and make a big loop, or turn around here.

Flora & Fauna

The fir forest here is unaffected (so far) from the pine beetle epidemic that's decimated other areas in Colorado. It's particularly nice forest.

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Sep 4, 2017
Rob Pressly
Sep 2, 2017
Katie Osland
Sep 2, 2017
Kylie Fischer
Jul 16, 2017
Hash Evans
lot of snow at the top in mid July. not well marked on some areas but we came down from Missouri pass 4mi
Jul 15, 2017
Aaron C
Hiked to Fancy Pass via Holy Cross 4x4 and small forest trail. Upper slope of pass is snowy for about 1/4 mi. Soft, melting. Used microspikes, poles. 4mi
Jun 30, 2017
Andy F
7mi
Aug 15, 2015
Dan Broman

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Minor Issues 45 days ago
Snowy: Couple of fairly steep snow passes above the lake. A lot of ppl booted it, but I strongly recommend poles and microspikes.
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