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“Out & back hike”

Ranked #41 of 72 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 14 August 2017

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever experienced! This one has it all - waterfalls, lakes, trees, rocks, some wildlife and wildflowers!

It is pretty steep - almost just as important for the back half of the hike (watch your footing!) as the out half. If it has rained can be pretty muddy and slippery - plan accordingly! The weather went from beautiful to raining in a half hour or so - so TAKE RAIN GEAR! A rain jacket will do you just fine, at least based on what we experienced, although it did get windy as well!

Make sure you have plenty of water and some snacks! My friend and I each had a large hydroflask full of water and that seemed to be plenty for the out and back, but we likely could have used more!

We want to go back & do this as a thru hike with Fancy Pass and camp at the lakes! Cannot wait to hike this again.

4  Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Not for the faint of heart! Beautiful drive on Battle Mountain......lovely wild flowers My daughter couldn't stop taking photos!

1  Thank 38yearresident
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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 stops. The views are absolutely beautiful. If you are not use to hiking, this may not be for you as you gain just under 2700 feet in elevation. Fancy Lake is beautiful then you climb up Fancy Pass, which has boulders, and then on the back side it opens to beautiful meadows and 2 lakes. You walk through a meadow up Missouri Pass and once on top beautiful views of the lakes. The trial winds through the lakes and the views are breathtaking. You definitely will not be disappointed. The trails are well traveled. If you decide to hike both loops together, the trail either way, clockwise or counterclockwise, are breathtaking. However, I suggest counterclockwise as it would be easier to climb up the boulders on Fancy Pass versus coming down if not use to hiking boulders.

1  Thank minichix
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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
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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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