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Shadow Pine Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 264' 80 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 8,254' 2,516 m
Low: 8,017' 2,444 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A short lollipop loop trail through some lovely, undulating wooded terrain.

Kristen Arendt

Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a great short loop that is perfect for kids of all ages.

Description

Starting from the parking area off of Shadow Mountain Drive, the trail heads out through an open meadow. The first part of the trail climbs gradually, rolling along the hillside and crossing a marshy section with a bridge. Keep an eye open for deer and elk that like to hang out in the meadow here.

Just over half a mile in, you'll come to a junction, take a left for a steady and increasingly challenging climb through pines and aspens. The grade is never too steep, but there are enough rocks and roots in this section to keep you on your toes.

The northern portion of the loop heads through some small, scenic meadows and crosses several streams - some you can easily hop and others you'll want to use the log bridges to keep your feet from getting wet. Once the trail cuts back to the southwest, you can enjoy the downhill all the way back to your car.

There are a couple sections where a dirt fire road crosses the trail - just keep your eye open for the re-entry to the Pine Shadow Loop - this trail is almost all singletrack so if you end up on a wide, dirt road, you have gone the wrong way.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, elk, and plenty of birds along the way. Wildflowers in season, and predominantly ponderosa pine interspersed with aspen near the meadows and spruce along the creeks.

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Sep 28, 2019
Aaron Rodgers
Aug 31, 2019
Nick Bennett
4.1mi
Aug 25, 2019
John Kleinsteuber Sr
Forest thinning ongoing. 4.1mi — 2h 45m
Jul 1, 2019
Tarita Fisher Boersma
with luci and riley
May 15, 2019
Andrew Luter
Trail was dry and tacky. Note that there is an intermittent closure at the service road due to forestry logging.
Nov 10, 2018
Dan Waldheim
Stretches of packed ice starting to form but mostly clear. 3mi
Oct 27, 2018
Joe Church
4.1mi
Sep 15, 2018
Darin Neuenschwander

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Most of the trail looks like this.
Sep 29, 2016 near Evergreen, CO

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