Was overdue for a run to the hills to see the fall colors and in the process decompress and unwind the mind. Decided to do a short hike around the Tennessee Pass area and all of the wonderful network of trails that make up the Holy Cross Wilderness.
The final choice was Fancy Creek Trail. To get there you turn off of Tennesee Pass on the road towards Homesatke Reservoir. Drive 8 miles in to a turn off onto Forest Service Road 704. From there the road brings you to two trailheads.This nice trail climbs to Fancy Lake which sits right at treeline. If one was so inclined they could continue up and over Fancy Pass at 13,000 and drop down to where Missouri Lake and the Missouri Lake pass trail meet up.
Fancy Lake trail up to the lake and back was approx 6.5 miles round trip with roughly 1,350 elevation gain.