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Shrine Mountain Trail

Length: 4.2 miles roundtrip
Spectacular summer wildflowers, views of the Gore and Ten Mile Range and a great view of Mt. Holy Cross
Difficulty Rating:
Elevation Gain: approx. 650'

Below: A view along the Shrine Mountain Trail

Directions: Travel west on I-70 from Silverthorne and take exit 190 (Vail Pass). Cross over I-70 and turn right onto Shrine Pass Rd. Proceed 2.3 miles on this well maintained dirt road to the trailhead and parking lot on your left (restroom facilities are available across the road from the trailhead.)

Starting out along the trailhead. 

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This is a great family hike!

The well marked trail begins through open meadows that reaches a pine forest after about 1.3 miles.

Here you begin the steepest part of your climb to the ridge on top. In July and August you will be treated to beautiful wildflower displays.

Once on the ridge, look for Mt. Holy Cross off to the southwest, the Gore Range to the north and the Tenmile Range to the east.

Looking northwest as you begin your ascent to the trails summit.

The Copper mountain ski resort is visible to the southeast. Upon the ridge hikers can explore interesting rock formations and numerous places to picnic or just enjoy the view.

To enjoy identifying various landmarks, pick up a copy of National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Topo Map of Vail and Frisco at Weber's bookstore in Breckenridge or just follow the links on our home page to place your order.

This is certainly a great hike for the entire family - get out there and hit the trail!

Taking a breather further along the trail

Great view of Mt. Holy Cross from the Shrine Trail Summit

Summer wildflowers are plentiful along the trailside.





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    St. John's   Mt. Royal   Bierstadt Peak 14,060'
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    St. Mary's Glacier   North Ten Mile Trail   Mt. Victoria
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    Oro Grande Trail   Eaglesmere Lakes   Buffalo Mountain  12,777'
    Meadow Creek-Salt Lick   Mosquito Pass   Eccles Pass
    Shrine Mountain Trail   Webster Pass   Mt. Huron  14,003'
    Ptarmigan Trail   Ptarmigan via Wilder Gulch    
    Peaks Tr. Barton Gulch   Wheeler Lake - Park County    
    Hoosier Pass Loop   Lenawee Trail    


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