This road is a short, scenic spur off of the Shrine Pass Road. Depending upon time and desire, this spur can be reached from either the top of Vail Pass, or through the town of Redcliff.
A short climb leads to a creek crossing, then climbs from a wooded area to an open bowl.
This trail is located within the Vail Pass Recreation Fee Demo Site. All users are expected to purchase a pass and follow recommended trail routes. For more information, please contact the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.
It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and to take safety precautions at all times when you visit the National Forest. Changing terrain and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include, but are not limited to: severe weather, snow and avalanches, obstacles of all kinds such as rocks, trees and stumps; over exertions, hypothermia, and becoming lost; remnants of mining and other activities involving excavations and debris; and exposure to unreasonable acts of other people.
There are a few sections with steep drop-offs that may be tough for those with a fear of heights. Obtain current avalanche information at 970-827-5687.
Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn for 9 miles until you come to the turnoff for the town of Redcliff just before crossing the suspension bridge. Travel east 1/2 mile to the town of Redcliff, and take the first road to the left. This road turns into the two wheel drive dirt road, Shrine Pass. Park at the water tank. Travel Shrine Pass until you see the marked trailhead for Lime Creek at approximately 2 miles from town. When you have finished the spur, travel back on Lime Creek, and then either take a right (west) back to Redcliff, or a left to complete Shrine Pass to the top of Vail Pass and I-70.