Not far west of Vail Pass and up the flower-lined dirt road leading toward Redcliff is the start of a wonderfully florescent trek. Shrine Ridge Trail should actually be hiked twice during the summer: once in late June to catch some of the region’s largest patches of hot blue alpine forget-me-nots and other tundra flowers (even if it means encountering some late snowbanks), and a month later, when a riot of about six dozen wildflower species erupts. Inspiring views are present in all seasons. The trail begins as a boardwalk where once a bog had to be crossed. It traverses easy slopes, then turns up through evergreens to reach open meadows before rising more vigorously to gain the tundra, along the Tenth Mountain Trail. Wildflower Alert: Where shattered rainbows come to rest.
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Directions to: Shrine Ridgeprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Bloom is late June to August|
|Top Elevation||11,760 ft|
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