Shadow Mountain Trail

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Shadow Mountain Trail ist ein 9.5 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Grand Lake, Colorado. Er führt entlang eines Sees, durch schönen Wald und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich. Pferde sind auf diesem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 9.5 miles Höhenunterschied: 1,748 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

















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5 months ago

7/31/19-Trail starts by going around the lake then up and around the mountain. A few trees were going across the trail but pretty easy to traverse. The most intense portion was towards the top, the last mile or so. Nice view up top but not above the tree line. Went up in 3 hours, down in 2. Started at 9am. Some bugs on the way back by the lake. Would suggest starting earlier if you want to see wildlife.

6 months ago

Went out on the trail to catch the sunrise up at the top. Very beautiful. Ran into a moose who charged at us. There is a single fallen tree laying across the trail. The lookout tower platform is closed.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Like all the other trails on here, this was definitely a "moderate" trail, the path often had a downed tree but you just had to climb over it or go around, and the snow this time of year was easy enough to go through or around. only reason I don't give a 5 is that the fire tower at the end of the trail is closed, and as a photographer I was hoping to get up there so less trees would block the amazing view.

7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views! The last stretch is challenging! But definitely worth it! There was snow at the top but it was easy to get around.

7 months ago

5-23. A little muddy in spots by SM lake but thats normal even during the summer. Otherwise. Trail is clear of snow and mud except the north facing stuff at the very top. But it’s easy to get around. It snowed on us on the way out but it’s probably melted by today.

7 months ago

Hiked on 5/24/19 light snow fall overnight left about 1-2 ft of snow over the last 1/2 mile to the top. Other than that there were a few pine trees over the trail. Otherwise was a great hike well worth the views. Took about 2 hours to the top and one hour and thirty minutes back down.

7 months ago

Tue Nov 20 2018

Went during Thanksgiving week with a few inches of snow. Only did the water front. Winter wonderland!!

Sat Nov 17 2018

Great day hike, not too challenging and a nice steady incline. A good amount of snow was on the trail but it was packed down well, no spikes or poles necessary. Saw no other people and the view at the top was incredible. Very cold and windy at the top.

Mon Sep 17 2018

We tried the perimeter trail from the trailhead st the dam of Shadow Mountain Lake. The views of the lake and surrounding peaks are incredible! The devastation of the pine forest by pine beetles is regrettable and mars the beauty of this area. The lake was also being used by fishermen and boaters (loud outboard motors and the smell of their exhaust also detracted from an otherwise beautiful location. The perimeter trail is mostly flat with a few downed trees and some end-of-summer growth beginning to encroach. We did not attempt the steeper climb up to the viewpoint.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Great hike! Definitely worth the view!

Sun Aug 19 2018

Nice view of the lakes below

Sat Aug 11 2018

Ok, I feel like I need to "normalize" all the reviews here for this particular trail. It was a great trail and spectacular views, but even if you are in good shape this may be a workout and a half for you. Granted, we are from NY and not used to exercising at 10,000ft... you will notice the slight reduction in oxygen going up this hill. It took us a good 5 hours out and back with several stops to look at the views and a 30 min stop at the top for lunch. We met several other hikers that were having a tough time and one group quit just 30 min from the top. If you are not used to Colorado hiking, bring 2x the water you think you will need and snacks to get you through. Don't get me wrong, it was a great hike but the reviews here make it sound a lot easier than it is :)

Thu Aug 02 2018

Love this trail. Not too crowded. Saw only 1 other big group after us. Not too buggy by the lake. Very steady incline to the top which is very doable. No scrambling and no treacherous segments. Only a few fallen trees but easy to walk over. Nice view from the top even though the fire outlook is out of bounce. Saw the same deer twice which was really cute. Saw multiple ospreys and one nesting on top of a tree by the lake, which was amazing.

Wed Jul 11 2018

Out of four hikes I did in the area this week, this was my favorite. Being by the lake allowed us to see so much wildlife, including four otters in the lake. They stayed with us for about a mile and it was such a treat. Highlight of the day!

Sun Jul 08 2018

Completed this trail today, Sunday July 8. The trail was in great condition. You have to step over some trees but it was easy for me, a 5'1 female. With a few stops, we made it up in 1 hour and 55 minutes. It took us 1 hour and 29 minutes to get back to our car. During our trip, we saw a total of eight groups (some single) of people. Very lightly trafficked and BEAUTIFUL views from the top.

Thu Mar 15 2018

We went on this trail in the middle of March. Snow was up to our waists, rather cold, but definitely worth the view. If you go early in the season you definitely need to be fully prepared

Thu Mar 15 2018

Trudged through knee deep snow for the last half mile. Trail is great, but not for someone who isn’t fully committed.

Mon Jul 17 2017

We just did this hike a few days ago. I enjoyed hiking in the trees because we have never done a trail like that. There are spots going up where you get some nice views. The trail does get tough as you get close to the top. There weren't too many trees down across the trail the day we hiked. Even though you can't climb the tower it's still beautiful up there. We saw 2 bears, 3 deer, and an animal that looked like a weasel or a mink. Also, I would recommend bug spray. Mosquitoes got me when we were next to the lake.

Sun Jun 18 2017

Almost gave up a few times climbing to the top especially because the lookout tower was closed, but all the exhaustion is worth it!!! Make sure to bring snacks and water! The views are breathtaking! Also saw some deer :)

Mon May 29 2017

normally a great path. today however the seasons have brought down many trees.

Sat May 13 2017

Overall this trail is great. The weather was perfect, not too hot or cold but just a little bit of snow near the top. The grade of the trail was less steep than I was expecting but there were hundreds of downed trees impeding the trail. It took longer to get to the top because of this but made it more of a challenge. The lookout is still closed due to structural issues but was really neat to see up close. Great views without climbing the lookout.

Thu Jul 14 2016

great hike, would've given 5 stars if the lookout tower was open to the public (closed for structural reasons, can be fixed)

Sat Jun 18 2016

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.

Tue Jun 14 2016

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.

Sun Jul 26 2015

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.

Wed Jun 10 2015

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.

Sat Sep 20 2014

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!

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