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Shrine Ridge Trail

MODERATE 841 reviews

Shrine Ridge Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 961 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

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

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great trail. A bit hard in spots to stay on trail when ground is covered in snow. Snow also made the last .4 miles a bit slippery

hiking
1 month ago

Today’s hike was incredibly beautiful - amazing vistas. Five minutes on the trail and we ran into a bull moose - young but majestic in his dark black coat. Then we saw his mate and young calf. What a great way to start. A real challenge with the elevation gain (I’m 73!) but we did it. Eager to find out why the highest point of the trail had a strong aroma of dung and maybe even urine. Elk mating grounds?

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with gorgeous views in all directions. Half jogged half walked up (had planned to jog but starting at 11k elevation k Ike’s my butt), messed around with handstands at the summit, then ran/jogged all the way down. Good quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a perfect trail for a bluebird sky fall day. The views were astounding. The fall colors were vibrant under the perfect blue sky sunny day. The surrounding peaks could be clearly seen. You felt like there was a wall of mountains all around you. It was enough elevation gain and miles to get your heart rate pumping. It was a perfect stop to do a quick hike on the ride back to Denver from Vail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views at the end. Prone to wind at the end while on the ridge so avoid this on a windy day.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. The views were spectacular and the hike was easy with a nice climb. Highly recommend this hike for anyone of any ability.

hiking
2 months ago

I wanted to do this trail all summer. Finally made it in October. Nice day, started around 11. About 10 other groups on the trail, but it felt like we had it to ourselves. Trail was dry, no bugs, great fall colors. Views in every direction.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I began hiking at 12 noon and the weather could not have been any better - what an absolutely gorgeous experience! Although we had not gone on a mountain hike this summer and would consider ourselves average in physical fitness - we were able to complete this hike. Moderate would describe it accurately; however, there are some very treacherous and rocky parts of the trail. Slow and steady wins the race for sure! Every single minute up the trail reveals a new and wondrous scenic view. Would highly recommend this everyone! The fall colors were just incredible.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of vistas.... moderate hike.. moderate traffic...extra ordinary fall colors! Perfect day...

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great views all the way

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best I’ve done... well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely AMAZING hike!!! Great hike for the whole family. Views from start to finish!!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail! Jaw dropping views throughout the entire hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an excellent hi altitude hike with incredible views!

hiking
2 months ago

Our favorite trail. Beautiful views. Fairly windy on top today.

2 months ago

Wonderful trail from beginning to end. Immediately the beautiful alpine meadows with mnts. in background gorgeous. Two steeper climbs but moderate all the way. The views from top spectacular and the rock formations at very top a special surprise. You come to a plateau and can go right or left. I took the right where the rock formations are. Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy-going hike. Took me about 2-2 1/2 hours. Steady incline which offers a nice workout. Great trail to bring your dog along. View at the top makes this worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, make sure you go the total distance as the views are spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful views and so green. end of wild flowers for the most part. not crowded on this Sunday. well worth doing. not too difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

Second time hiking, really like it

hiking
2 months ago

loved this. I'm a little out of shape and also almost 60, from sea level. we took our time and made it to the top. amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with some spectacular views. Conditions were mostly dry with a couple of very small wet spots

hiking
2 months ago

A great trail for the family. A couple of steep spots but pretty gentle climbs most of the time.

hiking
2 months ago

my favorite hike in this area. beautiful 360 degree views. bottom is wet in early summer. September is a great time to hike this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views! Very moderate trail with a couple of climbs. Took us two hours round trip with a little stop at the top. Parking lot was empty when we got there at about 945am on a Friday but was pretty packed once we got back around noon. Definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Moderate hike with terrific views! Still a few wildflowers.

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