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Fancy Pass Trail #2006

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 4.5 (11)

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


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

Point to Point

12,351' 3,765 m

High

10,023' 3,055 m

Low

2,328' 710 m

Up

527' 161 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

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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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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#418

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Photos

Beautiful view of Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
Getting deep in the wilderness in September
Sep 20, 2020 near Avon, CO
Rest at Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
A steep waterfall cleft in Fancy Creek
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
Nearing Fancy Lake
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

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Aug 16, 2020
Ash Smith
8h 00m
Jun 27, 2020
Ro Lyon
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