Shadow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 22 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.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1860 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
7 hours ago

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

hiking
15 days 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.

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10 months ago

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

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

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.

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11 months ago

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.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

hiking
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.