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Shrine Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,030 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Snow

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Please note: road to trail may close. Please research prior to your visit.

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Reviews (1148)
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Recordings (786)
Completed (1765)
Cierra Steiner
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Hiking

Amazing views. Go all the way to the top!!!

Tom Goodell
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Hiking

Overcrowded

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Andy Odom
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WEAR A MASK!!! Pros: As many have said, it's a beautiful hike. Gets a little steep towards the top, but mostly on the easy side. It appears to be after peak wildflower season, but there are still lots of flowers on the way up to enjoy. Lots of great views all the way up, with some intermittent shade for breaks if you need any. The pay off at the top is fantastic. Cons: As many have said, it's crowded. It's not just "high traffic", it's "Wal-Mart On Black Friday" crowded at times. Which leads to another problem. I would estimate about 50-60% of the people wore masks. C'mon folks. Don't be a self-absorbed jerk. Even though we're outside, masks are still important. Think about other people. WEAR A MASK! Finally, half the dogs on the trail weren't on a leash.

Tim Gore
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Erica Cook
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Trail was beautiful, mildly difficult (leans to the easier side), and full of wildflowers. Get there early because the parking lot was full when we finished. I recommend arriving between 5:30 and 6:30 am.

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Nora Logue
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Nice hike on the shorter side with great views as a payoff. I like how you can venture in wither direction once you make it past tree line to make the hike your own. I arrived at 7:00 AM on a Friday to only a few cars in the parking lot so I only encountered a couple people near the top of the trail, which was great. But it absolutely started getting busy on the way down. By the time I made it back to the parking lot around 9:45 AM, it was overflowing with cars. No bueno.

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Karla Rabusch
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Hiking

Amazing wildflowers and lots of photo stops so did not feel too strenuous. In addition to the wildflowers the views are stunning. We arrived midweek around 9:30 am and only a couple parking spots remaining - when we left many cars parked on road - the gravel road to parking lot is not too bad. It was quite crowded midweek - most people respectful with masks.

Neal Parker
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Lisa Lowrie
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Beautiful scenery, lots of fresh water and patches of snow! Wildflowers were in full bloom. Great views from the ridge(keep going when you think you're there)The hike wasn't too difficult and a bit longer than listed here. We did see a lot of other hikers on this trail late morning mid week.

Lindsey Culberson
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Hiking

Beautiful flowers, more people than you would think for a Wednesday, but not as bad as I’m sure it gets on the weekends

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Michaela D
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It's always a beautiful trail and well worth it especially in wildflower season like now, but it has gotten more crowded each year I do it. I got to the trailhead at 9am on a Tuesday and was the last car to fit in the lot, and there were quite a few groups including a lot of families with little kids. Definitely worth it for the views, but if you like something more secluded this won't be it. That being said there were plenty of times I could pass the groups and still hike and feel like I was out on my own.

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Chelsea Lines
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Hiking

Great weekday hike - not crowded at all on a Monday evening. Really enjoyed the 360 views, such a treat!

Hippie Girl
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This is one of my favorite hikes. We do it several times a year. Gorgeous views of Holy Cross. BUT its WAY TOO CROWDED!!! People of you can’t wear a mask stay HOME!!

Wilson M
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Hiking

Wildflowers were amazing! Think they are just past their prime. Went at sunrise to avoid people and was so glad. By the time we were heading to our car (8AM) the parking lot was full. Lots and lots of dogs -- Off Leash.The trailhead doesn't note whether leashes are required but with the volume of people on this trail, its more of a courtesy to just keep them leashed. Just about everyone we passed were wearing masks.

David Mengle
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Highlights are wildflowers, 360 views, peaceful meadows. Once on top of ridge you have choice to go right or left. Right takes you up by several large stone structures. There is also a side loop trail that leads to a meadow which is full of wildflowers. If you go left once on top of ridge the view of Mt of the Holy Cross & Copper ski slopes is clearer. Due to 360 views exposure to sun & winds so dress accordingly. My wife & I stayed on ridge and enjoyed a lunch we had packed.

Matt Sherman
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Awesome hike. It has a little bit of everything: wildflowers, forest scenery, soaring vistas. The only drawback is the overcrowdedness of the trail. It was absolutely BOOMing with people.

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Courtney Dorris
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Great hike! About five miles though and definitely plan for lots of breaks going up the mountain. Bring water and hiking boots!!! Lots of people but most were wearing masks and being polite. Incredible views with the mountains, rocks, trees, and wild flowers. Beautiful.

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Dustin Hall
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Beautiful wildflowers. Lots of people

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Paige Gillen
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Unreal wild flowers!!! Great views too. Got there at 830 on a Saturday with no trouble parking. When we left at 1130 it was packed

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Nikki Matters
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Loved it! Pretty easy hike and fabulous views.

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David Kleinkopf
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Very much like last summer. Got to the trailhead at 8. Only a couple of cars in the parking lot. The trail was fantastic as always and the wildflowers were amazing. On the way down lots and lots of people, so get an early start!

Sondra Hartt
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July 31, 2020–Turned left at the ridge and walked up a gentle slope to beautiful 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and meadow of wildflowers with the ski slopes of Copper Mountain in the background.

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Kristie Loescher
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Amazing views and wild flowers. Hope you like company - lot of people on the trail. Bring rain gear since the weather changes quickly. Leave a rock on the cairn at the top by the remnants of a glacier

Remi Rag
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Incredible trail but super busy! Please wear masks guys.

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Liam Abramson
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Amazing wild flowers. But WAY too many people!! Views incredible. Good trail.

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Bill R
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Great trail and wildflowers. Rather windy. Only complaint was that many people didn’t abide by the leash law.

Dani D.
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Gorgeous hike with incredible views the whole way! The wildflowers right now are absolutely stunning... I must have seen 20+ different kinds. Pretty heavily trafficked, but we did go around 9:00 on a Sunday. Not too challenging - our 4 month old golden retriever puppy did it without a problem!

Le G
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Beautiful hike with an abundance of wildflowers. It was popular but everyone was respectful with masks and social distancing!

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