wild flowers




nature trips


dogs on leash


trail running

horseback riding

some very steep portions along trail. but I was beautiful at the lakes.

Good morning hike, in the afternoon the sun setting makes it hard to enjoy the beautiful lake!

10 days ago

Beautiful day hike to Whitney Lake at 10,956 feet. Steep in sections. Great panoramic views of ridges and peaks to the south and west. Great variety of terrain and vegetation including Aspen groves--especially in mid-September when the leaves are changing.

We did this trail in early October. It was covered in snow but still doable. We saw big horn sheep and some brook trout in the larger lakes. Great hike. Hiking poles were very helpful. It was very secluded.

Gorgeous Fall day-great hike for seeing the colors.

Must park at beaver creek village public parking. 6 miles round trip from parking to lake uphill whole way. Beautiful aspen field and fall colors. Weaving under ski runs. Nice hike.

75% in the shade. A lot of up, however, along a very nice creek the entire way. Lake is beautiful and worth the effort.

1 month ago

I was not a fan of this hike for a few reasons: 1) the hike immediately descends into lower elevation where the creek is and views are inhibited; 2) the terrain rolls up and down for miles gaining and losing elevation which plays tricks on your mind when you're on a long backpacking trip; 3) the hike is almost entirely woody until you reach Harvey Lake (Mile 11); and 4) the trail is badly maintained in parts and overgrown with dense, thick marsh in lowland areas. We hike in 9 miles and did one night before hiking back out. We only did this because neighboring Fall Creek Trail is shutdown due to wildfire. This hike is certainly not on my favorite list.

Very few people on this trail, and the aspens are starting to turn. Lovely.

Definitely start by going up the Missouri pass trail sice that stretch is so beautiful compared to the long walk up to Fancy lake. About 2h up to the first lakes with waterfall along the way. If the weather hits you can easily head back down and still have a good day. If the weather is good, it's totally worth hiking up Missouri pass around. 12'000 ft. The hike down from Fancy pass, pass Fancy lake and down to the trail head is shaded by trees with a few nice spots.

1 month ago

Awesome trail! We hiked in about six miles with one overnight stay. Great views and varied terrain with ascending and descending treks, open and rocky trails. Excellent water access for filtering. Weather was perfect.

Great hike. About 30 minutes to the bridge. Fairly easy to this point with spectacular views of aspen, pine and mountain vistas.

Great trail, perfect for a early fall hike. Lots of aspens and wild berries, great views with some up and down hiking. Not to difficult, Dead Dog trail is accessible from this trail.

beautiful views. if you're a fisherman be sure to bring your pole!

I did this hike 20 years ago with friends when I lived in Vail. Came back today with my family. My daughter and husband loved it as much as I did. Its the perfect Colorado hike. Slight hills. Very cool bridge over the creek. Open Meadows. Side trail down to a waterfall. Amazing trees surrounding you the whole way.