DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

7 days ago

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.