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“Well worth the Effort”

Ranked #17 of 33 things to do in Vail
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Owner description: This scenic hike through canyon and along the river ends up at a series of glacial lakes and streams.
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 with going down hill.
For hikers that are fit, the loop route is a long day for sure, but very rewarding.
Get a early start if you can, as weather in the high country can change rapidly.
This is a popular trail, so expect traffic on busy summer weekends.

1  Thank Robert B
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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 I've been on that was beautiful throughout. Plenty of amazing sites (clearings, waterfalls, mountains) all along the trail. The hike is about 6 miles round trip and there are not too many steep sections, so plan on about 4 hours. Getting to the trail head is a little difficult but I did it without a 4x4. Protrails gives the coordinates and google maps took me straight there.

1  Thank Evan B
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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 pass overlooking treasure vault lake and the upper cross creek valley. This wilderness area is so remote that nature is at it's peak.

2  Thank Eddy B
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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 if they're prone to it. The hike itself is great- it was pretty chilly and windy when we started (which was late) so bring layers. As the sun finally came out later and the wind died down, it was absolutely delightful. Not scary at all, the trail crosses the creek several times, all through the trees, and ends up at a pretty lake which is a great place for a picnic. It took us about 3 1/2 hours round trip with a 7 year old and an 11 year old. Definitely recommend it!

3  Thank jmelch
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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.

2  Thank Lynn A
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