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Fancy Pass Trail #2006

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,328' 710 m
Descent: -527' -161 m
High: 12,351' 3,765 m
Low: 10,023' 3,055 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

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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Aug 8, 2019
Josh B
Ridiculously steep ascent through slush up to fancy pass. I really wished I had brought some crampons. Or gone the other way around the loop. 10.5mi — 7h 30m
Aug 7, 2019
Atsuko OhtAke
beautiful ! hiked from Treasure vault lake to Fancy Lake then took spur down. Fancy pass has snow fields to negotiate. glissaded down the west side.
Aug 6, 2019
Shira Hecht
Jul 20, 2019
Joseph Ditlow
Sep 19, 2018
Kristen Higginson
so, just an FYI, the miles this app posts are one way. totally worth it tho! 7.4mi
Sep 3, 2018
Natalie Grybiene
So steep but totally worth it for the view from the top of the pass. 4mi
Nov 18, 2017
Orlando Genovez
connect with missouri lakes trail 8mi
Sep 24, 2017
Chad Fike

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  4.5 from 10 votes

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Trail Rankings

#333

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#4,660

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Photos

Beautiful view of Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
Nearing Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
Rest at Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
A steep waterfall cleft in Fancy Creek
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
An old miner's sled.  Imagine hauling rocks up and down this alpine scree field at 12,000'!
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
Looking over the west side of Fancy Pass
Dec 2, 2014 near Avon, CO

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