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Fancy Pass Trail #2006

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer point to point
66% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,328' 710 m
Descent: -527' -161 m
High: 12,351' 3,765 m
Low: 10,023' 3,055 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Runner Notes

This is a great run! The top is steep, but it's quite runnable.

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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Aug 15, 2017
Kelly Tuomala
Fancy pass up, Missouri lakes down
Aug 6, 2017
Aimee Crittendon

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  4.5 from 10 votes

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  4.5 from 10 votes
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Trail Rankings

#343

in Colorado

#4,814

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Photos

Beautiful view of 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
Looking over the west side of Fancy Pass
Dec 2, 2014 near Avon, CO
Snowy segments on Fancy Pass - Aug 6
Aug 7, 2017 near Minturn, CO
Snow at the top of Fancy Pass on east side in early August 2019.
Aug 3, 2019 near Avon, CO
Nearing Fancy Lake
Dec 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO

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