Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Grand County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 8,424 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,715 feet.
Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Don’t forget your camera on this one — the panoramic view from the historic lookout tower is tremendous. The hike to Shadow Mountain Lookout takes you along the eastern edge of Shadow Mountain Lake, before ascending to the lookout tower. Be on the lookout for ospreys fishing in the lake. The vistas from the tower are truly special, so bring along your camera! The lookout lies within Rocky Mountain National Park, but no entrance fee is required for this trail. The stoutly-constructed fire lookout was completely restored over two summers of work in 1994-1996. One of four built in the Park by the depression-era CCC, it remained in use until 1968. It is now being considered for placement on the National Historic Lookout Register."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"This historic tower is built of unshaped stone, causing it to seem to grow from the rocks that surround it."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
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