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Address: Vail, CO
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This scenic hike through canyon and along the river ends up at a series...

This scenic hike through canyon and along the river ends up at a series of glacial lakes and streams.

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Fabulous well-traveled trail

Excellent hike for locals and energetic visitors. Trail winds through forests and open meadows with stunning wildflower views. Lake Missouri is worth your time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Lynn A
Wilmington, North Carolina
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English first
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we hiked the Missouri Lake Trail 2 weekends ago on a friend's recommendation who lived in Vail for many years. This is about a 6 mile round trip hike with a bit of a drive to get to it (a good hour from Avon). The last part of the drive is a twisty dirt road that can make folks carsick... More 

Thank jmelch
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Excellent hike for locals and energetic visitors. Trail winds through forests and open meadows with stunning wildflower views. Lake Missouri is worth your time.

1 Thank Lynn A
Sewell, New Jersey, United States
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

This was not an easy hike especially for people from the east coast like us. The thin air makes it tough on some of the steep inclines so make sure you bring plenty of water and take breaks. Overall it's a moderate hike with a few difficult sections. The payoff was amazing lake views.

Thank Vince G
Colleyville, Texas
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307 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The trailhead is about a 45 minute drive from Minturn. About half of the time is on a gravel road which gets a lot of traffic. Once you get to the trailhead and find a parking space, the fun begins. The hike to the lakes is about 7 miles round trip. Elevation change is about 2,000 feet. There is a... More 

2 Thank Steveh3Texas
Denver, Colorado
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72 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Loved the hike and really pretty setting for a picnic. Good hike for "hikers" but might be too much for beginners or low landers!

4 Thank Al B
Fort Myers, Florida
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My perspective: 61 yr old guy--not in top shape but walk or bike some most every day. This is a fairly strenuous trip. Some almost stairstep sections. Go 10 mi drive off the main road (CO 24) on Homestake Rd and then a right turn onto 704. Trailhead has decent parking and a restroom. On the way up, you'll have... More 

14 Thank fredly59
Fort Collins
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216 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

geat hike, with incredible views, it is a grunt of a hike,but worth it. Great wildflowers and the lakes with the mountain in the background are to die for.

4 Thank suzieFortCollins
Denver, Colorado, United States
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is a gorgeous hike. You'll be walking next to a babbling brook for a good portion of the hike. There are even little gorges and waterfalls. At the end of the hike, there are some amazing mountain lakes you won't believe. It's so beautiful. Highly recommend this hike but it is quite strenuous so don't attempt it unless you... More 

11 Thank Seth J
Copper Mountain, Colorado
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32 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

A ten-mile loop through the Holy Cross Wilderness Area is heavenly. http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Cross-Wilderness-Area-ebook/dp/B004AYD70M/ref=pd_cp_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2 http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Hikes-Central-Colorado-ebook/dp/B003ZUY8NM http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/08/07/travel-explore-colorados-spectacular-gore-creek-trail/ http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/08/28/explore-whitney-peak-in-the-holy-cross-wilderness/

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