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Date Thursday  9/9/2021
End Date Saturday  9/11/2021
Group Denver
Event Title BPX Backpack, Fancy, Treasure Vault, Missouri Lakes, Holy Cross Wilderness, 3-day Loop
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Linda Lawson
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 12
Elevation Gain 3600
Driving Distance 230


Meeting location and carpooling info will be provided via email prior to trip date.

For more info Contact

Lawson 303/842-7040


* Update * The trip has been altered to a two night  camp instead of the original 3 nights. 

This is a stunning loop through the Holy Cross Wilderness with jaw dropping views, bridged  creek crossings, waterfalls, and serene alpine lakes. The terrain is generally moderate, but with two steep passes to climb and descend. Our highest point will be Fancy Pass (12,360') with exceptional views of the Sawatch Range. We will hike counter-clockwise loop from the Missouri Lake/ Fancy Pass Trail Head, camping at a different lake each  of two nights (2 nights) with opportunities for fishing.

Day 1 – Fancy Lake, ~3 miles, starting elevation 10,000ft, ending elevation 11,600ft (1600ft gain). The trail begins with switchbacks up a forested slope. Then we will cross Fancy Creek over the Zen Bridge and hike a more moderate section. At about mile 2.4, the trail crosses a small, lush meadow then climbs steeply up to Fancy Lake (11,600’). Establish camp at Fancy Lake.

Day 2 –  Break camp. From Fancy Lake, the trail continues around the right side of the lake (northeast) and climbs a steep gully up the hillside running along the north side of the lake.Turn right on the Fancy Lake Spur (2006.1A) for about 1 mile of up and down hills (~250ft up & down) to the trail end.


Continue on a jeep road for about 0.3mile to Holy Cross Ghost Town. Total distance to Holy Cross Ghost Town is about 1.5 miles, 250ft ascent/ 250ft descent so double this for the return hike. Retrace out steps back to the trail junction and turn right following an old road grade that climbs steeply up a rocky ravine to Fancy Pass, (12,380’) the high point of our trip, gaining about 700-ft. in 0.6. 

From the pass views to the southwest encompass the head of the Cross Creek valley, clad in beautiful meadows dotted with lakes and surrounded by granite peaks. The large lake in the distance is Blodgett Lake while the nearby lake, just below Missouri Pass, is Treasure Vault Lake. Hike down to reach the junction of the Cross Creek Trail with Fancy Pass Trail (11,802ft) (about 0.75miles and 550ft descent). Hike down, off trail, to Treasure Vault Lake (11,675ft).  There are no trees at Treasure Vault Lake so we will not camp here.  Return to junction of Cross Crk Trail w/Fancy Pass and travel to Missouri Lakes trail to establish camp.

Day 3 –   Break camp, take the Missouri Lakes Trail (#2003) up to Missouri Pass (11,986’).Views are stunning. Heading down from Missouri Pass we reach a 


BPX is a community of backpackers who respect, trust, help each other, and honor our commitments. By registering for this trip, you are committing to going on the trip and will cancel only for a true emergency. And if absolutely necessary, you agree to cancel as early as possible so another member may take your place on the trip.



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