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Shrine Pass

2 Reviews
Location Leadville, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 12mi
Time 1hr

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Easy, scenic forest road descends from I-70 near Vail Pass.

Views of Mt. Holy Cross from the west side of Shrine Pass. Short walk to observation deck (handicap accessible). Popular area for mountain biking and hiking. Snow can block road even in July. Great wildflowers and fall color. MVUM not issued at time of this writing, but plans show licensed vehicles only. Check final MVUM.


Trail Ratings Defined

Suitable for passenger cars to the observation deck. Road gets narrower and rougher as you descend towards Red Cliff. Can get muddy and 4-wheel drive may be necessary.






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(970) 827-5715White River N.F. Holy Cross R.D.

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Trail closed due to snow.

Submitted by Charles Wells
I drove this trail on June 26, 2018. Signs on the road indicate that unlicensed vehicles are allowed on this road for its entire length. The book incorrectly states they are not. At the time we wrote the book, the MVUM had not been issued and there was no way to know.


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Bret says

Tried both ends of Shrine today. The Vail Pass side was clear to 11,000 feet where extended snow fields begin to block the road. The Red Cliff side gate was still closed and locked.

Bret says

Shrine open the full length. Looks like some trail repairs were done on the Red Cliff side.
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