Missouri Lakes Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Take Hyw. 24 out of Leadville over Tenn.Pass to FSR. 703, which is on a hairpen curve, then drive to Missouri Rd.(704), then to the trailhead.
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.
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.
beautiful views. if you're a fisherman be sure to bring your pole!
The best hike of our short stay. Definitely worth the time and effort. Had to stop and turn around at the lower lake due to snow and related thunder. Snow turned to rain during the return. Made footing treacherous on the large boulders. Definitely will try this again. Maybe combine with Fancy Pass and make a loop.
This was a great hike! Beautiful scenery and the inclines were not too bad.
Just completed the loop departing from Missouri Lakes trail head, over Missouri Pass, camped in the tundra near Treasure Lake, then continued over Fancy Pass and returned to the
Fancy Pass trail head. This is a fantastic pack trip. Many hike it in a single day but I recommend taking a few nights and enjoying the scenery! We encountered a very large mountain goat trying to find his way into our food supply. Fortunately, we were able to suspend our food "bear bag" style from the local cliffs (no trees between the two passes). Be sure to use an official topo map as the Alltrails map does not show the loop correctly. The trail actually goes between the lakes to reach the pass. Can't recommend this trail enough. Myself and another gentleman took four scouts around the loop and it was enjoyed by everyone!
Really beautiful hike!! Started at 730am. It's about an hour from Leadville. A few campers at the lake, otherwise didn't see anyone until we were almost out. 7 miles all in.
Best hike I have done up to this point. The lakes at the top and the view from them make this trail well worth it.
An AMAZING hike!!! AMAZING! Total of 6 miles in and out, getting there is half the battle. but, WELL WORTH EVERY MOMENT! We saw all kinds of little mammals and a coupla deer. The lakes are beautiful and the waterfalls getting there are awesome! Definitely our best hike to date!
Awesome trail. Hiked in the rain. A little slick on the way down. Beautiful waterfalls. A definite must see.
Beautiful hike, we hiked over Fancy Pass to connect to the Missouri Lakes trail. We go a little lost around the lakes but it was well worth the hike.
Beautiful hike with waterfalls, gorgeous wild flowers and a lake with fishing. We had our 9 year old along and he handled the hike easily. Though the elevation gets up there a bit, it's handled via switchbacks. We ended at the 2nd lake which is larger and came back.
Very pretty trail, but tiring for us Floridians. Some kinda steep ups, but steady climb up. A good hard day of hiking for me in July
Beautiful hike. The first half is fairly strenuous, but then flattens out.
Great views along this hike, varied terrain, a lot of fun. Beautiful wild flowers, white water, small creeks, and some amazing wide open lake views at the top.
One of my favorites. Follows a creek the whole way and ends in a basin surrounded by peaks with several lakes above tree line. if you go over the top you can circle around to Fancy Lakes trail and do a loop or continue down the cross creek trail for 25 miles out to Minturn. You can also grab the West Grouse mountain trail 7-8 miles short of Minturn on Cross Creek trail and circle around to Turquoise lakes and out to Beaver Creek ski area. That is a 40 mile trip I have down several times and typically it takes 4 days and 3 nights.