August 7, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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West of Vail Pass, Shrine Ridge Trail is an easy to moderate hike (due to starting elevation) rising up through evergreens to reach open meadows with spectacular views of the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges and Mt. of the Holy Cross. It's about 4.5 miles round trip with around 650 feet of elevation gain. Beautiful displays of wildflowers will greet us along the way up to the ridge. The trail begins as a boardwalk where once a bog had to be crossed and traverses easy slopes, then turns up through evergreens to reach open meadows before rising more vigorously to gain the tundra, along the Tenth Mountain Trail. Shrine Ridge Trail is usually loaded with about six dozen wildflower species. At ridge line, we will enjoy 360 degree views and interesting rock formations. Weather permitting, we will enjoy an early lunch on the ridge line taking in the beautiful mountain views.
Directions to Trailhead: Take I-70 West to Vail Pass, exit 190. Go left over the overpass and straight onto Shrine Pass Road, which is a dirt road. Proceed 2.3 miles to the trailhead and parking lot on the left. Auto Mileage: 156 miles roundtrip from Denver
Pack a lunch and we'll find a nice place to picnic at the summit.
Carpooling: Meet at the Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot, Section CC (across from the Conoco Station) where we'll form some carpools and promptly leave the parking lot at 6:30am. Lot located off I-70 West at Exit 259.
See you there!
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.