Shrine Ridge Trail

  • 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.

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  • Linda

    You didn't tell me wine was going to be there! Darn, I missed it! Great pictures.

    August 7

    • Lisa

      Linda, I missed you, and Loki missed you BIG TIME :)

      1 · August 8

    • Linda

      I missed you both too! How sweet of you to say so!!!

      August 12

  • Don

    What more can you say except AMAZING! We probably could have downed another BLACK BOX. I have no knowledge of wine whatsoever except color. Hope you liked celebrating our state's 138th birthday on top of Shrine Ridge!

    August 10

  • karen

    I had a great day, thank you Debbie, Don and everyone. Nice meeting you all!

    August 8

  • Joyce S.

    So glad I was able to join you for this one!

    August 8

  • Debbie

    It was great to see Lisa and Loki too! Thanks for joining us!

    August 7

    • Lisa

      So good to see everyone! Thanks for an excellent time!

      August 8

  • Lisa

    This was even more awesome than last year, as far as the wildflowers go! Great to see everyone! I love this group :)

    August 8

  • Tricia B.

    Great hike. . .all the wildflowers one could want.

    August 7

  • Debbie

    Gorgeous wildflower hike. Started in sunshine, then clouds moved in followed by a brief rain and grapple and finished in more sunshine! It was a great day! Even toasted with wine :-) for Colorado's 138th Birthday! Thank you Don!

    August 7

  • roxie p.

    Spectacular! I think this is the best I've ever seen it up here. Sorry to rush out. I was freezing at the top...warm at the bottom, though! thanks Debbie!

    August 7

  • Diane C.

    Amazing windflowers !! Unusual morning rain. Not the trails fault:-)

    August 7

  • Scarlet S.

    This was an awesome hike. I love the early morning hiking before it gets too hot. Thank you Debbie!!

    August 7

  • Nancy

    Thank you Debbie. It was a spectacular hike and great to meet everyone.

    August 7

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