Hike through Wildflowers on Shrine Ridge

Colorado Shrine Pass

Added by Jason Hatfield

Mountainsides covered in wildflowers with panoramic views of the Gore Range and Holy Cross Wilderness.

Shrine Ridge is one of the most incredible wildflower spots in the state of Colorado. Not only is the area incredibly beautiful with carpets of flowers covering verdant mountainsides, it's only a 1.5-hour drive from Denver. The ridge summit is a short 2-mile hike from the parking area at Shrine Pass and winds through marshy meadows, pine forests, burn areas, and rocky outcroppings. Shrine Ridge was named for its sweeping view of Mt. of the Holy Cross and the area was originally a Ute Indian Trail.

Depending on snowpack and rain, the timing can vary for peak wildflowers; late July to early August is typical peak. Please respect the wildflowers and preserve the area for others to enjoy: don't walk through, trample, or pick the wildflowers.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Pack
  • Water & Food
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

743 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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3 months ago

Stunning Wildflowers!

Hiked this trail in July and the wildflowers were breathtaking, covering the mountainside. We got an early start ~ 7am to miss crowds. Trail was empty at that time (we only passed one other group), but on our way back to the trailhead we passed lots of people just heading out.

3 months ago

7 months ago

Holy Wildflowers!

By far the most wildflowers I've ever seen on a hike and all around awesome views. Fairly moderate hike- if you go on a weekend, go early! The trail gets super crowded.

7 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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