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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.

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.

hiking
7 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!!

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

Pretty approach. Well designed switchbacks. Great summit ridge view of Mt. Holy Cross.

camping
8 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

I would classify our group (4 of us) as intermediate hikers, although being from the Midwest, we don't get to experience the elevation or climb like hikes in Colorado. We found this hike moderately hard, but an excellent challenge. It was certainly worth the many switchbacks and steep rock climb / descent. The view of the two lakes as well as Mt of the Holy Cross are gorgeous. We were told to start as early as possible (5am), and this was good advice. We ended up actually starting at 5:30am, and we had plenty of time to summit, descend and begin our car ride back before it started to rain. Especially if you're not used to the elevation, bring plenty of water. I drank 3 liters, and this was sufficient, but I probably should have had more. The temperatures at the top were likely in the mid-40s, so wear layers and prepare for wind at the top. We packed trail mix, boiled salt and parmesan potatoes, Clif Bloks, peanut butter pretzels and jerkey, and we felt our nutrition plan was very successful. This is a beautiful hike where you can experience a variety of terrains, wildlife and flora. We would love to do this one again if we return to the area.

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.

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.

backpacking
9 months 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.

Exceptional lake hike - and I have hiked dozens of lakes. Huge variety of wildflowers in the meadows, great, undulating trail, lots of water features, and a terrific lake to enjoy relaxing by or exploring around at the end.

It's a bit marshy and buggy in places, and the stream xing early on is a bit sketchy (poles help hopping rocks - that angled "bridge" consisting of two wet logs is a no-go), but those are small prices to pay for such a gorgeous, moderate hike. Surprisingly, we saw no moose, but this whole area is like a moose paradise, so keep your eyes peeled if you go, and for heaven's sake, don't become a casualty by approaching them.

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
9 months ago

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

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

hiking
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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.

This trail was great!!!

Did the loop this morning. If you do this, I highly recommend going clockwise. Luckily this is the way I decided to go.
The pass between Missouri and Blodgett Lakes is pretty snowy and difficult. I lost my way a few times, but had GPS to help me out. From the top of this pass all the way until the pass above Fancy lakes has no shade. Rest before there, so you don't have to in the sun.
The pass above Fancy Lakes is pretty much impassible going counterclockwise. Luckily going down was easy. VERY easy. I just put my feet in the pizza position and slid down the entire face. (HAHA AMGIE, I definitely saw a butt slide path, and used that for my shoe skiing.)
I screwed up and almost made it to Mulhall Lakes before realizing, but it was 9.33 miles and 2,489 ft elevation gain for me.

hiking
10 months ago

I did this trail on 17 of july 2017. Very easy route with an amazing view from the top, several marmots and white ptarmigans all around.You can shorten the numerous switchback in the last 600 ft before reaching the shelter. Recommended !!

Did this with fancy pass. still lots of snow in mid July. Trails hard to follow at the top but beautiful and so nice to hike next to the stream!

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Awsome!!

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