Explore the most popular lake 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.

This was the best hike I did in 2017. We went in the middle of July. There is great dispersed camping before you reach the gate. Once you are at Lilly Lake you will need to walk the rest of the trail-you cannot drive to the point that the description shows as the trail head. So you will walk along the old road until it turns to the trail at the old parking lot. There were lots of insects when we went, so bug spray is a must in summer. The wildflowers were amazing! I felt like I was walking in a rainbow. The trail is easy and gradually goes up. Because the trail actually starts farther back, the hike was probably about 10-12 miles (we didn’t keep exact track). If you have high enough clearance you can park near Lilly lake. We parked farther down the road so it made the hike longer.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great trail. Steep and pretty much clear of rocks making it ideal for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing! Four legged friends are welcome but on leash. Views are awesome as you progress and get higher. We went yesterday and if you go sometime soon you will be rewarded with fresh deep powder!

could not access the trail.. the road was about 8 miles of 4wd snow covered road. beautiful out there though !

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous area. Savage peak just dawns over you, and the lakes are beautiful. I camped here, and if you plan to do the same, keep in mind that much of the year it can be somewhat swampy and if you don't get there early you're options for a dry camping spot are pretty limited.

One of the most beautiful vistas I’ve seen.

super fun

It is a hard trail. Some what challenging. Great views

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike! A bit steep at the beginning but then mellows out a bit. The streams and lakes are incredibly beautiful! Be sure to take big spray. Highly recommend!!

8 months ago

Ran into 2 hunters and 4 hikers the whole day. A good spot to actually enjoy nature. The hike has an incline the majority of the trail, it's a big gain in elevation.

All the good of Colorado. Even the drive, while a little rough is 5 star.

backpacking
8 months ago

This was a challenging hike with a wonderful destination. It was challenging due to the rapid elevation gain, but otherwise, the trail was easy to follow. Once in the basin, we were treated with stunning views of the lakes and surrounding rock formations. The condition of the trail at the beginning of the hike and the Labor Day crowds are the only things that kept this from being rated with 5 stars.

This is my all time favorite hike in the Vail area, for all the reasons listed below. And it is more like 10 miles than 7.5. Fancy is 2,000 vert gain in 2.3 miles, and the best way to start. Awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

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

We hiked up to Fancy Lake, over Fancy Pass and Missouri Pass, and through the Missouri Lakes.

Having done many hikes in the area, this was hands down the most beautiful I've experienced yet. Endless lakes, wild flowers and gorgeous peaks.

Our trip logged more around 11 miles. Very glad we started up Fancy because it was a shorter -- however steeper -- hike up, and everything was very easy from there on out.

If you have the endurance and lots of snacks and water, very worth the day!

Hiked to Fancy Lake and back today at 3:47pm. Found purple indian paintbrush near the lake and watched the rainbow trout jumping and swimming! Awesome!

Great trail to hike with a loved one as the lake's beauty is beyond reproach.

on Slide Lake Trail

off road driving
9 months ago

Took a stock 4Runner. It was slow going but beautiful once we got up. Took us about 45minutes to drive to the parking area then about a 15 min walk to the lake. Very well worth it!

camping
9 months ago

I've written a blog post about this hike @ www.break-trail.com
If you'd like to read it, follow this link: https://goo.gl/2LebhB

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, you're going up the whole time but it's short and sweet! Beautiful up top! My husband did fish a little.. large trout in there!

Beautiful. Good for trail running

First off, Id say this is a beautiful hike and relatively challenging. The most challenging part for me was dealing with the altitude. I just came in 2 days ago from Los Angeles and being at 10,000-12,500 ft above sea level destroyed me with headaches and nausea the entire way down.

I started up Fancy Pass Trail, and the trail gets confusing near the first lake, Fancy Lake. The trail seemed to continue around the lake to the left but actually the trail continues up to Fancy Pass to the right of the lake. Keep this in mind!

After Fancy Pass and looping around to Missouri Lakes I ended up taking what I thought was the trail (and it was well traveled) until it brought me to a dead end. There was no trail in site. I bush whacked, following the stream down, until I finally ran into the trail 30 minutes later. So be careful!

The trail up to Missouri Lakes gets five stars in my book, following a stream with cascades and waterfalls to high mountain lakes (with decent fishing). The trail down from Fancy Lake rates four stars as it doesn't follow the stream too closely and is basically a walk in the woods.

hiking
9 months 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.

Fantastic adventure! Just make sure you check with rangers to see that it's open. I went in June and it was completely snow covered and had to use a topo map to make the loop.

Amazing must do trail, but it is mislabeled here as easy. It is a combination of two moderate trails, so that's not possible. I think it's more in line with Gore Lake trail (a hard rating) or Pitkin Lake, Deluge lake...

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely fabulous hike! Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes and the beautiful lake! Gorgeous and a great workout! My two dogs loved it almost as much as me!

backpacking
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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.

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