"Fancy Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Fancy Pass ascent/Mulhall Lakes descent loop
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: d_baker
Info: Similar status as previous conditions report. Snow on slope leading to saddle, but was manageable without traction or axe, and it's a rather short slope. Met forum member JosephG at Fancy Pass as he caught us, as he was going to the summit as well. From saddle, we used W side slopes a little on a grassy/tundra-ee trail then gained ridge to summit. Descended to the N/NE and dropped down into Mulhall Lakes for a loop hike, reconnecting with the Fancy Lakes trail. On Gaia, it's labeled as the Fancy Lakes Spur trail. Worked out really well, and the Mulhall Lakes basin is pretty cool. ~3000' gain ~8.5 miles A lot of backpackers out today. Another friend was doing a bigger tour up there this morning, starting on Savage and running the ridge to 13,768' & Whitney. He met us on the summit of "Fancy." He said the ridge just has a lot of ups and downs, and from the Missouri Pass, gaining the ridge to the 12er up there had some sections that looked iffy from afar, but worked out pretty well. 
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Route: Fancy Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-19, By: hr011242
Info: There were a few relatively short sections of old, drifted snow over the trail before reaching Fancy Lake. Microspikes might be useful for the ascent of Fancy Pass but were not necessary. All snow was supportive and floatation wouldn't be needed either. Summit/ridge snow was all easily avoided. 
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Route: South Ridge from Fancy Pass
Posted On: 2020-11-01, By: drop_bear
Info: Here's some pictures 
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Route: Fancy pass/Missouri lakes loop
Posted On: 2020-09-18, By: Trotter
Info: Completely melted out. Could totally avoid any snow patches. Consider making a loop with missouri lakes/fancy pass trails. Beautiful back there. 
Route: South Ridge from Fancy Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-11, By: tjf242424
Info: 4 in of snow in general, with a few deeper drifts of no consequence. We managed the whole thing in light mountaineering boots with poles. Spikes would have been more trouble than good. Felt pretty alpine on the ridge from Fancy Pass, but I'd wager that it's totally dry by Sunday. With pmp6 in about 6 hr round trip from the TH. 
Route: South Ridge from Fancy Pass
Posted On: 2019-08-13, By: cloudkicker
Info: The road is clear to Fancy Lake / Missouri Lakes Trailhead. There is a sign at the trailhead saying the creek crossing 1 mile up is "dangerous and difficult". The water has receded since this sign was posted and it was very easy for us to cross. Route clear (summer conditions) to Fancy Lake and above. However, there is a lingering snowfield leading up to Fancy Pass that was the crux on our ascent. According to my strava, the snowfield begins at about 12,000ft and lasts all the way to the pass at 12,400ft. We decided we'd rather add some scrambling instead of ascending this snowfield, so we picked a route on a series of ledges above some cliff bands, climbers right of the snowfield. It was class 3 at worst, albeit with some exposure. Super fun! The pass is clear and the other side was as well, all the way over to Treasurevault Lake. The rest of the route up Fancy Peak (ridge direct and grassy bypass) was clear of snow. Note: I highly recommend taking ridge direct the first couple hundred feet up from Fancy Pass. Really fun slightly airy class 3 on solid rock. The last signature on the peak was from 7/16/19. On our descent we glissaded/skated down the snowfield and found the snow quality was surprisingly good. No post holing at all or plunge stepping into sharp rocks. The snowfield is low angle enough to control your slide but steep enough to actually get going a bit. Normally I wouldn't glissade without an ice axe but upon assessing the risk I determined there was hardly any danger to it, given the quality of the snow. Glissading in August was an unforgettable experience. 

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