Shadow Mountain Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
great hike, would've given 5 stars if the lookout tower was open to the public (closed for structural reasons, can be fixed)
Got to the lookout tower just under 2 hours. Total trip was about 3.5 hours. Very sore ankle from the steep incline. But it was fun and a beautiful day for the hike.
Fun hike. We got to the lookout tower right at sunset. Great views and we got to see amazing sunset. We hiked down the mountain in the dark which was fun.
Meandering trail with some nice views at the top. Kicks up a bit as you get close. Go brand lookout tower for best views. Tower was closed when we did the hike.
Not too steep with elk, deer, chipmunks and lots of birds. The fire tower is locked but it has an overhang for hitting out of the rain.
We had a spectacular day with full aspen color as far as the eye could see. It takes about 2 1/4 hours to get from the parking lot to the lookout, less to come back. Figure 4 1/4 - 5 hours round trip. I'd recommend making it a lunch hike with a gorgeous spot to eat at the top. The views are incredible!
Very nice hike. Started out by water and then a steady climb to the tower. Although the top has great views, the hike is somewhat boring as it does not open up to any meadows etc, just pine lodge trees.
Good hike for someone looking to fill a few hours in a day. We hiked with 4 people and ate a snack at the look out tower and were still able to keep our time under 2.5 hours. Trail mostly switch backs up to the top. Lots of Pine beetle kill in the forest. Watch for falling trees. I saw one large tree drop on our hike. We were hiking on a windy day though. Gust up to 40mph. Trail is well groomed and never gets too steep. Oh, and practice good trail etiquette and dont cut the switch backs like everyone does. They promote erosion and this trail is too nice to ruin.
Nice trail, not a lot to see on the hike up, but the view from the top is worth the trip. Great views of Grand Lake. Also views of Lake Granby and Shadow Mtn. Lake from lookout tower.
Fantastic views from the top of the lookout tower. Not much to see though all the way up. Approx. 1500 ft climb, ok for the average hiker.