Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Red Cliff with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

19 hours ago

Lovely trail, switchbacks and woodsy with Fancy Lake and Notch Mountain greeting you at the top!

This was pretty strenuous for me compared to most non-14er Colorado hikes. The final stretch up the Fancy Pass side can take it out of you, but what a reward at the top. Definitely pair it with the Missouri Lakes trail to make the 8 mile loop. You get to walk along side beautiful lakes for 2 miles and it’s not harder at all on that side, just a bit longer.

8 days ago

Did the Fancy pass trail and finished the loop with Missouri lakes/pass. It is a fairly difficult hike with a pack but well worth it as the views and flowers are amazing. Also worth bringing a fishing rod as the brook trout up there are very beautiful. only thing is definitely bring bug spray as there are a good amount of mosquitoes around the lakes.

8 days ago

So wonderful that this accessible trail is here for those with special needs or who need assistance walking. Beautiful large deck, perfect to spend a day having a family outing and picnic.

15 days ago

Trail is in good condition. Dusty today. Good flowers; very little traffic on the trail; over forty vehicles at the trailhead and along the road.

20 days ago

I hiked the loop starting from Fancy Pass, to Fancy Lake, then up the pass to a valley, then up Missouri Pass, then down toward Missouri Lakes, ending at the Missouri Lakes trailhead. I believe it is a little over an 8 mile hike (felt longer).
The hike up to Fancy Pass is good with moderately steep climbs. Fancy Lake is beautiful.
After that, you'll head toward a stream crossing that seems like the wrong direction. After crossing, you'll make a sharp left and head up toward the pass.
The pass was still snow covered. You can stay far left and avoid most of the snow or stay near the path and just cross through the snow. The pass is where you really feel the elevation gain in terms of steepness and breathing.
At the top, the views are spectacular but the wind can knock you over (or take off your hat).
The valley below is covered in wildflowers. It is just stunning. The marmots and pikas are plentiful.
Then you head up Missouri Pass, a much shorter and friendlier climb. Again, at the top the views are stunning.
Heading down from the pass you travel past several lakes, then you return to what seems like a normal forested trail and head towards the Missouri lakes trailhead.
While anyone can do this, it has some parts that are not easy for all. To get up Fancy Pass, you need to be at some level of fitness.

Hiked up to the lake and camped. Elevation is no joke if you have Texas lungs. Views are spectacular all around the lake and both directions on the trail.

1 month ago

Funny the last review was 5 hours ago, and the previous was 2016. I checked this yesterday and decided to try, but just like Anna, I found the road closed. It's closed about 1 mile before the cross creek trailhead.

1 month ago

Trail is currently occupied entirely by very cold overflow stream, so we did Shrine Pass Road instead!

Be aware road doesn’t open until 6/21

off road driving
1 month ago

Took the ATV to this area over the weekend. It was the perfect area for any offroad vehicle! However, there were 2 areas shortly after the gate where large rocks (about 1.5-2 ft in diameter fell on the center of the trail. We were able to sneak by on the ATV, but a regular sized vehicle would not be able to get past due to the narrowness around the rocks. Lots of trails in the area that we were able to explore. Wearymann Trail (which we orginally came to do) was completely overrun with a downhill stream. We took the ATV through the water (which was about 4 inches deep) to the first stream crossing (which was about 6-8 inches deep). We turned around because the water that overran the trail only looked to be getting deeper. Most of the trails in the area had snow remaining on them (between 30% coverage to 100% covered in snow). Will wait a little longer for the stream to die down and more snow to melt and then come back. :)

10 months ago

Pretty basic hike for anyone with medium to excelled hiking fitness. Still enjoyed it though.

11 months ago

Best hike I've ever done. Definitely doable and the views are incredible.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Did this with Missouri pass and I thought the trail and the scenery on Missouri were better.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Awesome hike, we hiked from Holy Cross city to Fancy Pass and then to Missouri Pass, backpacked near Missouri Lakes. The passes we're still pretty snowy and pretty challenging at times. Having hiking poles and microspikes made this a lot more doable. Coming down Missouri pass we lost the trail under the snow and wound up going off trail at times to find a way down. The only additional thing I wish I'd brought is something to slide down on.

off road driving
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Done before and it's a fun trail, but currently the first creek crossing is above the top of my 29in front tires. Might need a week or 2 to calm down.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lots of snow! We only made it 1 mile in. I'm sure it will be a great hike later on the season.

We started ascending to timberline lakes, but we didn't have the proper shoes for all the snow, so we turned around and continued through the Colorado trail on the north entrance ( by the continental divide trailhead entrance). Plenty of incline walking, with great views of the mountain river runoff and we were even able to see a few deer. We had to turn around due to rain, but it's definitely a new favorite!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Awesome trail to the lake. My friend and i decided to continue on and turn it into a 14er hike on the Missouri mountain and saw even greater views of the lakes

mountain biking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beautiful views at the top. Lots of wildflowers and greenery in the summer.

off road driving
Friday, October 21, 2016

We rode ATVs to the top of the mountain and around the Camp Hale area. Fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The long drive to the trailhead is worth it when you get to the top, beautiful views!! We went backpacking in the summer and ended up going back to hiking in the fall so we could see the leafs changing colors and it was so worth it! Love this hike!

Monday, September 05, 2016

did missouri lakes and stayed on the back side the first night, came over fancy pass and finished up. super beautiful loop.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Perfect weekend of backpacking. We started with fancy pass to Treasure Cove Lake then headed to Harvey Lake about 4 miles down the trail. Headed back towards Treasure Cove the next day and went over Missouri Pass and to the lakes. Absolutely gorgeous the entire way.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

This 2012 Buick LaSabre killed the trail!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

We hiked the fancy pass trail to the Missouri Lakes trail to hike a loop. The trail was beautiful! Made the day of it, stopping to fish at fancy lake and one of the Missouri lakes. The wildflowers were everywhere!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Lots of climbing with great views after a mile or so. Long drive to reach trail head but worth it.

Friday, May 13, 2016

went to the top from the road on a bike and then continued on to the back bowls of Vail descending out to the West. what an awesome ride!

Friday, August 28, 2015

We hiked in over Fancy Pass and camped in the valley on the other side near Treasure Vault Lake. Gorgeous place to camp. Hiked out the next day over to the Missouri Lakes to finish off the loop. Pretty well traveled area because of the relatively short distance, but a very nice overnighter.

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