The Shrine Mountain trail begins at Shrine Pass Road #709 and ends at Shrine Mountain: The trail starts gradually though open meadows filled with wildflowers then cimbs through pine forest and rock formations before reaching the Shrine Mountain Ridge with spectacular 360-degree views.
* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.
At a Glance
Travel east from Vail on I-70 to Exit 190 for Vail Pass. Exit here and turn right, heading west, onto the Shrine Pass dirt road (FSR 709). Follow this easy road 2.3 miles to just past the indistinct Shrine Pass summit and forest boundary. The trailhead is on the left near the gravel driveway for the Shrine Mountain Inn.