Shadow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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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.

9.7 miles
1751 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly





horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports


trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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 :)

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

Thursday, July 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)

Saturday, June 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.

Tuesday, June 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.

Sunday, July 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.

Wednesday, June 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.

Saturday, September 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!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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.

Friday, September 07, 2012

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.

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