Vail Pass TH to Shrine Mtn Inn

From the Vail Pass Trailhead walk or ski up the snow-covered Shrine Pass Road a few hundred feet to the first switchback. A signboard here indicates the non-motorized trail you'll follow up West Tenmile Creek to Shrine Mountain Inn. Simply follow the well marked trail 2 1/3 miles to a flat nondescript area known as Shrine Pass. Chuck's Cabin at Shrine Mtn. Inn.

The pass looks more like a large park than the classic "pass summit" you get used to seeing in the Rocky Mountains. Nevertheless, it is the divide between the Turkey Creek and West Tenmile Creek drainages. Once you're at Shrine Pass be very careful to turn southwest and find the marked trail that continues to Shrine Mountain Inn via a snowcovered road and gate. The obvious road-cut leads through the forest 1/4 mile S to the lodge buildings of Shrine Mountain Inn (Jay's Cabin is visible from several hundred feet down the road.)

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