Shrine Pass to Redcliff

Shuttle • 10.4 mi • 730 ft

It’s easy to see why this one is a legend — wonderful views of Mount of the Holy Cross and a fun nine-mile downhill run. The Shrine Pass Road is legendary — perhaps the best tour in Colorado! The usual tactic is to have a car at each end of the route, and to go from east to west. Despite the hassle of a long car shuttle, its popularity no doubt has a lot to do with the fact that for a modest 730 foot gain, the reward is a 2,900 foot descent with wonderful scenic views of Mount of the Holy Cross. Try this trek on a weekday to avoid the crowds of skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. White River National Forest charges $5 per person as part of a “demonstration” project, payable at the Shrine Pass parking area.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Redcliff
Length: 10.4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 730 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: More Difficult; Avalanche Danger: Moderate
Duration: 49 minutes up, 107 minutes down
Season: Early December to late February
Trailhead Elevation: 10,600 feet
Top Elevation: 11,165 feet
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest; White River National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Vail Pass, Red Cliff
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