Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately 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 best used from May until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,604 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
15 days ago

Lake views were pretty. Although tons of sirens on the lake made it not very peaceful. Lots of pine beetle kill.. much more than other trails. Top views were neat. Probably would not recommend.

mountain biking
26 days ago

Excellent trails close to Grand Lake. Easy plus challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail on 8/5/19. Lots on pine beetle damage but only 1 small tree across the trail. Obviously the trail is well maintained. Great views along the trail. Fire tower is closed and looks like it will stay closed (dry rot of its wood construction). Not buggy at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, took just under 4 hours. Not super busy for a Sunday. The tower was pretty cool

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike near Grand Lake. Not very hard. Started at 9:00 and we were back down by 1:30 with time spent at the top. I would have rated this higher, but 1) you can't climb the tower, which would have made for some incredible views, and 2) the bark beetles have made quite an impact. Trees down everywhere. This probably won't surprise anyone familiar with the area, but we weren't expecting it.

hiking
3 months ago

The first quarter of the trail had beautiful views of the lake going up and on the way down. The way up has a decent continues incline. We had a picnic at the base of the fire lookout which is still closed. Great weather and almost too warm on June 8th.

hiking
3 months ago

running
snow
3 months ago

Did this as a trail run on Saturday (May 25). Worth noting that the distance here is round trip not one way. I ran from the Green Ridge campground and it was ten miles round trip. The trail does have a number of downed trees so expect these to slow down your run, unless you are a strong hurdler. The last 0.5 miles is mostly snow covered, but easily passible without traction devices. Views are amazing and also encountered three moose on the trail and saw evidence of several others.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fun hike and views from the tower were awesome. Sad to see so much beetle kill. Especially good as our house is directly across the lake

hiking
Saturday, August 04, 2018

Nice, mostly level hike for most of it. Lots of downed trees-maybe not good for someone with bad knees. You have to go over or under a fair amount of logs. Trail gets pretty narrow at spots. Overall a nice hike with great views of SM Lake.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Not our favorite trail in the area.

hiking
Monday, July 09, 2018

Loved walking shoreline to fire lookout. Excellent workout. Sad to see so much beetle kill trees still waiting to fall in the forest. It was cool to hike and watch water skiers on Grand Lake!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice hike up the mountain. They have cleared the fallen trees, so easy passage. Beetle damage is pretty severe in some spots, but still great views. Took a 9 year old and 10 year old - they were able to make it with some stops.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful! A lot of downed trees across the trail, but super beautiful!

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice trail, moderate elevation gain. The tail can be busy with hikers.

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