Shrine Mountain Inn
Submitted By: backcountry coalition on February 03, 2012
Administrator: backcountry coalition
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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east. Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town. This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run. At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar. Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map. It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area. Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.[more]
Shrine Mountain Inn consists of three separate cabins (Jay's, Chuck's, Walter's) that sleep a total of 36 people. A shared sauna is located between Chuck's and Jay's, and propane grills are provided at each cabin. Shrine Mountain Inn is privately owned and booked through 10th Mountain.Hut Location: While located far enough from paved roads to keep a backcountry mood, the cabins of Shrine Mountain Inn are perhaps the least difficult 10th Mountain "ski in" huts to access. An ideal first hut trip, these cabins are 2.7 miles from Interstate Highway 70, Vail Pass Trailhead.
Directions to Trailhead
Hut Location: While located far enough from paved roads to keep a backcountry mood, the cabins of Shrine Mountain Inn are perhaps the least difficult 10th Mountain "ski in" huts to access. An ideal first hut trip, these cabins are 2.7 miles from Interstate Highway 70, Vail Pass Trailhead.
Winter Trail Access
• Trailhead: Vail Pass, elevation 10,580' Route: Via non-motorized winter use trail, Total Mileage 2.7
• Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard, elevation 11,500' Route: Via Shrine Ridge, Total Mileage 6.8
• Trailhead: Redcliff, elevation 8,680' Route: Via Shrine Pass Road, Total Mileage 9.3
• Trailhead: Vail, elevation 8,220', Via the Commando Run, Total Mileage 15.9