Missouri Lakes Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews
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Missouri Lakes Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1650 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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.

2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

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.

fly fishing
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

12 days ago

backpacking
13 days ago

Difficult yet beautiful hike! My three boys and wife camped out at the big lake last night! We were the only people there! We saw marmots and enjoyed all the scenery. I highly recommend this hike! Dirt road getting there is not in great shape so if you only have a car, you might want to consider going with someone with a high clearance vehicle.

hiking
13 days ago

Tough but gorgeous hike. Beautiful scenery the entire way. A waterfall pretty early into the hike, then a beautiful lake after that (but not the lake you want, continue on from here). You always have a stream or creek along side you. If you get lucky you might see a marmot family at the first lake. Once reaching Missouri Lakes you will be in awe! Mountains as the backdrop.
This hike is highly recommended. Bring lots of water though, and mosquito repellent.

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely spectacular hike! It's a bit of a haul to,get there, but the scenery is worth it! Bring bug spray, wear good shoes and have plenty of water, as you will be in the sun a lot. We went up,to the top of the pass and my Alltrails map showed we did 8.2 mi with 2031 ft elevation. It took us under five hours with photo stops (we live in Breck, so elevation not huge issue). There are pit toilets at the trailhead.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

Beautiful views throughout the trek from wildflowers, stream crossings, lakes to, mountains and of course marmots and more. Well marked trail, gradual climb and easy to find many campsites with amazing sights. Make sure to bring bug repellent.

hiking
21 days ago

This is a beautiful hike! We stopped for pictures often as the scenery is so gorgeous the entire way. Definitely bring bug spray, mosquitos were out in full force.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Easy to follow trail with lots of scenic views. Had to stop for pictures many times which translates to we were loving it!

hiking
26 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. The climb alongside the creek was dotted with wildflowers, and the gorge and waterfalls were spectacular. We reached the lake, had lunch, and headed down, 5 hours including our photo stops.

backpacking
27 days ago

Beautiful backpacking trip! Be ready for a climb and scenery you'll be in awww over. Pack bug repellant and a fishing pole! Go to lake 2 for great camping. There are lots of hidden spots to find.

URGENT! Don't forget to use mosquito repellent! Beautiful hike, the river, the lakes, specially the first one, beautiful scenery, it took us 1:45 to get to the top and 1:30 to go down, so yes a 4 hr hike... we had a wonderful time!

fishing
28 days ago

We only hiked to Missouri on 7/22/17. No spikes or shoes needed - side step trail for muddy sections if you care. However, there is a small amount by tributary at Missouri. Good fishing (small but fun). They catch on quick, so mix it up! Pistol Pete FTW.

30 days ago

This trail was great!!!

hiking
30 days ago