Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain1,715ft
Trailhead Elevation8,424ft
Elevation Min/Max8424/9928ft
Elevation Start/End8424/8424ft

Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail

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."

"This historic tower is built of unshaped stone, causing it to seem to grow from the rocks that surround it."

Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail Reviews

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Great trail, well maintained, saw 5 deer (so cute) it's really more like 6 miles one way to the tower. The views from the tower are amazing.
Shadow Mountain Lookout trail begins just ouside of Grand Lake, Co & follows the shoreline of Shadow Mountain Lake for the first 1.75 miles. This trail then climbs to the ridgeline that the trail follows for a mile or two before climbing to the lookout. The views from the lookout down to Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake are spectacular.
Excellent trail markings, great views from lookout! But watch out for horse hockey on the trail!!

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Shadow Mountain; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018