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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.
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 climbs through pine forest and rock formations before reaching the Shrine Mountain Ridge with spectacular 360-degree views.
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 views.
Views from Shrine Mountain
- North - Gore Range
- Northwest - Uneva Peak
- Southeast - Copper Mtn ski area
- South - Ptarmigan Hill and Ptarmigan Pass
- Southwest - Sawatch Range and Mount of the Holy Cross
- West - The Flat Top Mountains
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.