Missouri Lakes Trail #2003
ElevationAscent: 1,968' 600 m
Descent: -160' -49 m
High: 11,976' 3,650 m
Low: 10,026' 3,056 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“Wind along Missouri Creek past several waterfalls to a gorgeous cirque full of alpine lakes.”— Rachel Vecchitto
Starting about a mile in, the trail begins winding back and forth across Missouri Creek, passing several small waterfalls and striking cliffs. The stands of confer you pass through feel unusually lush for Colorado. The trail climbs consistently through the trees, eventually opening up into beautiful alpine meadows as you approach the lakes.
More consistent climbing out of the meadows brings you into the Missouri Lakes basin. You'll have gorgeous views no matter where you look, dominated by 13,139 ft Savage Peak to the south. The next mile or so is a very gentle climb though several smaller lakes, with many spurs and footpaths if you'd like to explore a bit more.
Continue past the lakes for a steep climb up to Missouri Pass (11,986 ft), where you can simply enjoy the expansive views of the Missouri Lakes basin to the south and Cross Creek Valley to the north before heading back, or had a little further to join Fancy Pass Trail #2006 and make a loop back to the trailhead.
The lakes are also a popular fishing spot.
Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District