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Shelf Lake Trail #634

Intermediate

Trail

3.6 mile 5.9 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,939' 591 m
Descent: -29' -9 m
High: 11,990' 3,654 m
Low: 10,080' 3,072 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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A great run with great views.

Randy Antelo

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Need to Know

The road is a bit rough to the the trailhead. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. A smaller sedan made it, but I wouldn't recommend it. There is a final creek crossing around 2 miles that can be difficult or washed out when the water is high in early summer.

Runner Notes

Watch your footing in multiple locations. Baby heads and cankle makers galore.

Description

A nice trail with lots of shade before the tree line. This is an out-and-back run.

Flora & Fauna

Once you get past the tree line, the meadows are covered in flowers.

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Square Top Mtn looms over the north side of the valley on the way up to Shelf Lake.
Aug 4, 2019 near Keystone, CO
Shelf Lake 2019. The blue tint to the lake this year is very pronounced!
Aug 5, 2019 near Keystone, CO
Wildflowers on the final ascent to Shelf Lake
Aug 4, 2019 near Keystone, CO
Made it to the destination
Aug 6, 2018 near Keystone, CO

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