Shrine Ridge Tr No 2016

Colorado

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain1,000ft
Trailhead Elevation11,103ft
Top11,906ft
Elevation Min/Max11019/11906ft
Elevation Start/End11103/11103ft

Shrine Ridge Tr No 2016

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!"

"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."

"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!"

"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."

"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!"

"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."

Shrine Ridge Tr. No. 2016 Reviews

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8/1/2010
This is one of our favorite trails near Vail. You climb about 2 miles to get to the ridge. The trail splits. Then go all the way to the right to see great rock formations. Then go back to the left and hike as much as you want. Views are great!
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8/27/2009
This is a really nice little hike to a ridge with great views. Went up on a clear day and could see for ever. You can extend the hike along the ridge or just go to the top.
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7/24/2009
A good hike above the tree line with little effort, plenty of wildflowers and good vistas of Mt. Massive, Elbert and others just some 30 miles away.
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7/13/2006
It was an outstanding visit. Trails very dry and the wildflowers were absolutely breathtaking, even for those of our group not "into wildflowers". Trail is easy and worth spending at least part of a day there.
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6/15/2006
This was an excellent trail to take with our two kids, ages 12 and 14. The views are really nice and the gain in elevation is fairly small. We were there in mid-June and there was still quite a bit of snow at the higher elevations, which made for more variety and fun for the kids -- but also for a tremendous amount of mud down below the rapidly melting snowpack. Water was flowing down much of the trail as we ascended (and descended). The top of Shrine Mountain gave us a nice spot to have lunch and watch the marmots playing in the snow below us and to take in the views all around, including a find view of Mount of the Holy Cross.
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12/29/2005
Shrine Pass is a great trail for the novice and experienced skier alike . . . it is a gentle climb up to the pass, with an opportunity to see what the mountain huts look like. Shrine Pass starts on a road that is shared with snowmobilers, but quickly veers onto a trail for skiiers only. This trail curves to the west and up a large basin to the pass. At the top of the pass, there are incredible views in all directions. You are surrounded by trees and peace.
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Shrine Ridge Tr. No. 2016 Photos

Trail Information

Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Snowmobiling
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US 24, Minturn; (970) 827-5715; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Vail Pass and Red Cliff; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40° Vail and Eagle Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018