Hike through Wildflowers on Shrine Ridge

Shrine Pass

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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RT Distance 4.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 743 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Incredible wildflowers

This hike was quite easy and absolutely beautiful! I hiked it in mid-July and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Definitely would recommend!

All Time Colorado Favorite

This hike has everything. Stunning views gorgeous flowers snow patches in July altitude. We loved it!

Stunning Every Step Of The Way

This hike was absolutely gorgeous and not too difficult. A diverse landscape with a couple of snow fields in early July. Gorgeous wildflowers. We went to the right once we reached the top of the ridge, which was a great choice. The views just kept getting better! Parking was easy and hike was dog friendly.


Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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