Shadow Pine Loop
ElevationAscent: 264' 80 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 8,254' 2,516 m
Low: 8,017' 2,444 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A short lollipop loop trail through some lovely, undulating wooded terrain.”— Kristen Arendt
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.
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Land Manager: Jefferson County, CO - Open Space Dept.