Shrine Ridge Trail

EASY 274 reviews

Shrine Ridge Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Perfect hike to do if you want an easy hike but great views! We went September 16 and saw some yellow from the aspens - I'm sure it'll be even more beautiful in another week or so. Snowed on us on the ridge! Trail was easy to follow, and the ridge grants you sweeping views of the Rockies. We took our time for photos and watching the sheep being herded down the mountain. Well-maintained dirt road to a dirt parking lot w/ a restroom.

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4 days ago

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hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Easy trail with spectacular views and amazing wildflowers during season. The trail can be a little muddy and braided at the beginning but it is easy to follow. The trail is at altitude, starting at over 11,000 feet, creating a bit of a challenge for those not acclimated.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful. Would call it more moderate than easy for a flatlander like me, but still very very worth the time.

9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great easy and quick trail near Vail. We went early and got to the top where there were shepherds! Pretty cool to see some cowboys and the views up there.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is a perennial favorite!! It's an easy hike with beautiful views of meadows, forests, and the surrounding mountains. But once you reach the top of the ridge, you get a 360° view of the Gore, Sawatch, Tenmile and Collegiate Ranges along a treeless, comfortable path. I usually just lie in the grass and soak it all in for a bit before moving on!

Don't miss the fork to the right that leads to the enormous red rock formation that is a fun to explore as it is beautiful! Lots of chipmunks and marmots and wildflowers. I'd love to camp there and watch the sunrise/set, but there isn't an easily accessible water source at the top. :(

hiking
12 days ago

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hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Stunning from start to finish and so much wildlife to see! The rock formation at the top is well worth the hike, but the scenery on the way up is also stunning.

hiking
17 days ago