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Address: Vail, CO

This scenic hike through canyon and along the river ends up at a series of...

This scenic hike through canyon and along the river ends up at a series of glacial lakes and streams.

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Breathtaking Views of Missouri Lakes and Fancy Pass!

We hiked this trail on November 6 as there was very little snow for this time of year, which is unusual. We did the entire loop starting from Fancy Pass over to Missouri Lakes and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 November 2016
Vail, Colorado
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Vail, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We hiked this trail on November 6 as there was very little snow for this time of year, which is unusual. We did the entire loop starting from Fancy Pass over to Missouri Lakes and back to parking lot. Both trailheads are next to each other. It is a 10.5 miles hike and took us just under 6 hours with... More 

Thank minichix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Awesome hike, Missouri Lakes are beautiful and a great place for a picnic. Not for inexperienced hikes, need a fairly early start and should be acclimated and in good shape.

Thank James D
Wolcott, Colorado
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71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is a true classic. The trail stars out easy, but soon it gets a little tougher with some steeper elevation and terrain variations. I would say the trail guid is right on with their evaluation of moderate to difficult rating. Bring lots of water and a good camera, a hiking stick will help the folks that are not proficiante... More 

Thank Robert B
Houston, Texas
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65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This was our second attempt to see Missouri lake only to be snowed in and unable to get to the end of the trail. This time, we probably got within 100 yards of the lake but still too much snow at the end even in late June. That being said, the trail did not disappoint. This was the only trail... More 

Thank Evan B
Silverthorne, Colorado
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

This is one of my favorite trails in Eagle County to hike. The opportunity to camp at one of the many lakes at tree line make this a great place to spend more than a few days. Don't forget your fly pole as the main large lake has some wonderful fishing. For an added bonus take the trek over the... More 

1 Thank Eddy B
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39 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

we hiked the Missouri Lake Trail 2 weekends ago on a friend's recommendation who lived in Vail for many years. This is about a 6 mile round trip hike with a bit of a drive to get to it (a good hour from Avon). The last part of the drive is a twisty dirt road that can make folks carsick... More 

2 Thank jmelch
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Excellent hike for locals and energetic visitors. Trail winds through forests and open meadows with stunning wildflower views. Lake Missouri is worth your time.

1 Thank Lynn A
Sewell, New Jersey, United States
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

This was not an easy hike especially for people from the east coast like us. The thin air makes it tough on some of the steep inclines so make sure you bring plenty of water and take breaks. Overall it's a moderate hike with a few difficult sections. The payoff was amazing lake views.

Thank Vince G
Colleyville, Texas
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139 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

The trailhead is about a 45 minute drive from Minturn. About half of the time is on a gravel road which gets a lot of traffic. Once you get to the trailhead and find a parking space, the fun begins. The hike to the lakes is about 7 miles round trip. Elevation change is about 2,000 feet. There is a... More 

4 Thank Steveh3Texas
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Loved the hike and really pretty setting for a picnic. Good hike for "hikers" but might be too much for beginners or low landers!

4 Thank Al B

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