Missouri Lakes Loop

1 review #8 hike out of 610 in
8.6 mi
4 hrs 19 min
2,369 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail to Missouri Lakes in Holy Cross Wilderness Area.

This trail goes by Fancy Lake and Missouri Lakes.

This is the nicest, easiest loop hike in the area. It's about 2700 vertical and less than 10 miles for the loop. Best to do this counter clockwise, up the steeper Fancy Lake side and down the less steep Missouri Lake side. There is usually snow on the east side of each pass. Mid to late July expect to see plenty of flowers. There are some old mining ruins on the west side of Missouri pass. This is a local's favorite hike with alpine lakes, creeks, falls and beautiful rocky crags.

Getting Started

Homestake road is an easy dirt road that most regular passenger cars will have no problem driving. There are just a few rougher patches.

Taking Children

The trail is suitable for hardy hiking kids who can tackle a 10 mile hike.

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Alex Kluiber 5 years, 8 months ago
Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass Loop
Good trip. Not too difficult, though I'm a bit out of shape, so 30lbs on my back sucked. I should get lighter gear, or pack less...or get fit :\ Sunny and warm before the evening showers arrived. Poured all night and a good portion of the next morning, except for around Midnight when one system blew out. Got the shot before the next rolled in. Some substantial winds and lightning overnight. It's stunning up there. Saw some people fishing. Definitely lots of mosquitoes and some concern about marmots. They didn't care to come around my dog. I advise getting up there earlier in the day than I did (arrived around 2:30 or 3pm) to get choice campsites.
Bob 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Track (7/14/20, 7:47:00AM)
Fancy Pass/Missouri Lakes Loop. Holy Cross Wilderness 7/14/20
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