Missouri Lakes Trail

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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.

hiking
5 minutes ago

Fantastic trail! If you're bold you can do the missouri lakes to fancy pass trail loop about 12 miles. It is an epic day hike. shhhh. ;) Summer affords glorious wildflowers!!

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked with dogs today! It is still a lot of snow on a trail closer to the lake. Trail is hard to find but watch for people foot prints, easy to coordinate where the trail goes. Snow will probably be gone by the middle of July!

backpacking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail! Lots of wild life, and lots to look at. Went in late June still lots of snow at the top, couldn't make the full loop but still had an amazing time. Lots of up hill not so great for kids but if they're up for the challenge go for it.

backpacking
1 month ago

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

This was a great hike! Beautiful scenery and the inclines were not too bad.

backpacking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail. Hiked in the rain. A little slick on the way down. Beautiful waterfalls. A definite must see.