Hiking in Vail: Shrine Mountain Trail

If you’re looking for a hike with incredible wildflowers, go to Shrine Mountain on Vail Pass, Colorado in late July/early August. The wildflowers are incredible. There are fields and fields of flowers.

The hike starts on Shrine Pass, about 2.3 miles from Interstate 70 and the Vail Pass rest area. At the trailhead, you’ll find a large parking lot and bathrooms. Expect to also find lots of vehicles. When we finished our hike at 9:45 a.m. on a Sunday in August, there were more than 40 vehicles filling the parking lot and parked along the nearby road.

From the parking lot, walk the wide, dirt road toward the forest. This road is used for stocking items at the Shrine Mountain Inn – three huts/cabins in the area that are rented out by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.

According to the Forest Service, Shrine Mountain was 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 Forest Service says.

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