Shrine Ridge TH #2016

The Shrine Ridge trail begins at Shrine Pass Road #709 and ends at Shrine Mountain Ridge. Follow the trail southwest as it climbs through pine-studded meadows. After about 1.3 miles the trail turns west heading through pine forest before the steepest part of the climb to the saddle to the west of you. From the saddle turn right and travel northwest to Shrine Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular 360-degree views.

Named “ Shrine” for its excellent view of the Mount of the Holy Cross,the pass was originally a Ute Indian trail and later used by silver miners and settlers. Views from Shrine Mountain include:

  • North - Gore Range, 
  • Northwest - Uneva Peak, 
  • Southeast - Copper Mountain ski area, 
  • South - Ptarmigan Hill and Ptarmigan Pass, 
  • Southwest - Sawatch Range and Mount of the Holy Cross,
  • West - The Flat Top Mountains.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: Shrine Ridge Trail #2016 is CLOSED Monday - Friday through October 21, 2023
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Vail, CO
Information Center: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Highway 24
Minturn, CO 81645
(970) 827-5715     

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2 miles

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  Elevation : 
11089' - 11747'