Shrine Ridge Tr. No. 2016 is a hiking trail in Summit County and Eagle County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 11,103 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. The trail ends near Shrine Mountain (elevation 11,880 feet).
Shrine Ridge Tr. No. 2016 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Colorful, gorgeous, never- ending wildflowers and views make this trail a very popular hike. Mid-July to early August is typically the best time for the flower show. You may even enjoy a snowball fight at the drift just below Shrine Ridge. The views of the craggy Gore Range, Tenmile Range, and the Sawatch Range with the famous Mount of the Holy Cross are always spectacular. Remember the camera!"
--Maryann Gaug, Best Easy Day Hikes Vail (Falcon Guides).
"Not far west of Vail Pass and up the flower-lined dirt road leading toward Redcliff is the start of a wonderfully florescent trek. Shrine Ridge Trail should actually be hiked twice during the summer: once in late June to catch some of the region’s largest patches of hot blue alpine forget-me-nots and other tundra flowers (even if it means encountering some late snowbanks), and a month later, when a riot of about six dozen wildflower species erupts. Inspiring views are present in all seasons. The trail begins as a boardwalk where once a bog had to be crossed. It 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."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country (Westcliffe Publishers).
"Colorful, gorgeous, never-ending wildflowers and views make this trail a very popular hike. Mid-July to early August is typically the best time for the flower show. You may even enjoy a snowball fight at the drift just below Shrine Ridge. The views of the craggy Gore Range, Tenmile Range, and the Sawatch Range with the famous Mount of the Holy Cross are always spectacular. Remember the camera!"
--Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"Unlike most other areas found throughout Colorado that are open and free to the public for skiing and snowshoeing, Vail Pass is now part of a “fee demonstration area.” You will have to pay a modest day-use fee per person, with the money collected used to manage this heavy-use area. Self-fee tubes are available at all access points to the area. Because Vail Pass is less than 100 miles from Denver, and very close to the city of Vail, it is an extremely popular winter destination for everyone that enjoys snow and winter sports. If you can arrange your schedule accordingly, it is a lot less crowded and congested during the week as compared to weekends!"
--Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon, Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides).
"Shrine Mountain is a very popular family hike. The wildflowers in July are fabulous, a colorful masterpiece painted across the meadows and hills. Hikers often enjoy snowball fights in July before snowbanks below the ridge finally melt. The trail to Shrine Mountain and Wingle Ridge once was known to a few people and sheepherders. Word of the colorful wildflowers and beautiful vistas made the rounds, and soon more and more people wandered along the trail. Part of the trail crosses fragile alpine wetlands and willows. Unfortunately, people trampled the area, widening the bogs, and the little single-track trail became a muddy mess. In September 2002 a weekend crew of about 175 volunteers with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado worked on 2 miles of trail, building erosion controls to prevent further damage."
--Maryann Gaug, Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area (Falcon Guides).
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