Shrine Mountain Inn

Submitted By: backcountry coalition on February 03, 2012

Administrator: backcountry coalition

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Approach Difficulty: Easy

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

Hanging Meadow

The descent for this area is pretty short, but it does get steep. You start out going through the trees, and as it gets steeper, it becomes an avy path.  The hanging meadow is a short pitch that is void of trees, but be careful because it is prone to avalanches caused by backcountry skiers.  Once you are down through the meadow, you can cut hard left to get back to the first turnoff and take a quick skin back up to the warming hut or you can continue NW and go down to 7 Mile, which is a much longer run.

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Hut Description

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.

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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.

Approach Description

Winter Access

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

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