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FANCY PASS TRAIL #2006

 

Length: Elevation Gain: 3.2 miles to Fancy Lake (+1534 ft)

        3.75 miles to Fancy Pass (+2373 ft)

        4.4 miles to Treasure Vault Lake (+1799 ft)

 

Difficulty: More Difficult                             
Trail Use: Moderate to High
Beginning Elevation: 10,017 ft                
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Ending Elevation: 9,788 ft.                       
USGS Map(s): Mt Holy Cross,  Mt Jackson

 

Access from Vail : Travel west on I-70 to Exit #171 for Minturn, Leadville, and Hwy 24. Exit here and turn right onto Hwy 24. Proceed south for 13 miles to Homestake Road #703. Turn right and proceed past the Gold Park Campground to mile 8.5. Turn right onto Homestake Road #704. Turn right and continue 3 miles on this dirt road to a T at 10,200 ft. turn right and trailhead will be on the left.

 
Trail Highlights : The trail begins with switchbacks up a forested slope. Then you will cross Fancy Creek over the Zen Bridge and hike a more moderate section. At about mile 2.6, the trail crosses a small, lush meadow then gets steeper on the climb to the lake. From the lake, it is a steep climb and descent over Fancy Pass to Treasure Vault Lake.
 

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