The Shrine Mountain Inn: Jay's, Chuck's and Walter's Cabins

Shrine Mountain Inn Jay's Cabin
Jay's Cabin at Shrine Mountain Inn

Shrine Mountain Inn consists of three separate cabins (Jay's, Chuck's, Walter's) that sleep a total of 36 people. A shared sauna is located between Chuck's and Jay's, and propane grills are provided at each cabin. Shrine Mountain Inn is privately owned and booked through 10th Mountain.

Jay's layout and capacity and prices: Capacity 12 total. Upstairs: 1 bedroom with a double bed, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 single bed in the hall. Main floor: 1 bedroom with a queen. Downstairs: 5 single beds in a communal sleeping area. Hot and cold running water. Two indoor bathrooms with flush toilets, one with shower, one with bathtub. Kitchen has cook oven and stove top, and generator powered lighting. Spaces rent for $43/person/night and may be booked individually.

Chuck's layout and capacity and prices: Capacity 12 total, internally divided into two levels, each sleeping six people. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms, 1 with a double bed, 1 with 2 single beds, and 2 single day beds in the main room. Hot and cold running water. Two indoor bathrooms with flush toilets, upstairs has bathtub, downstairs has shower. Wood burning heat stove, propane cook oven and stove top, generator powered lighting. You must rent the entire upstairs (all six spaces) at a rate of $43/person/night ($258/night). Downstairs: layout and amenities are the same as upstairs, (except bathroom has shower), propane heat stove, no deck. Downstairs spaces rent for $30/person/night and may be booked individually.

Walter's layout and capacity: and prices Capacity 12 total, internally divided into two levels, each sleeping 6 people. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms: 1 with a queen bed, 1 with 2 single beds, and 2 single day beds in the main room. Hot and cold running water, indoor bathrooms with showers, flush toilets. Propane oven, and generator powered lighting. You must rent the entire upstairs (all six spaces) at a rate of $43/person/night ($258/night). Downstairs: layout and amenities are the same as upstairs, except with a propane heat stove. There is a deck. Downstairs spaces rent for $43/person/night and may be booked individually.

Additional Amenities:There is running, potable water at all three cabins as well as propane grills. There is a communal, wood-fired sauna located between Jay's Cabin and Chuck's Cabin.

Hut Location: While located far enough from paved roads to keep a backcountry mood, the cabins of Shrine Mountain Inn are perhaps the least difficult 10th Mountain "ski in" huts to access. An ideal first hut trip, these cabins are 2.7 miles from Interstate Highway 70, Vail Pass Trailhead. [locator map]

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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter:Resolution Mountain [example]
  • Official 10th Mountain, Summer: Summer Eastside
  • USGS Map: Vail Pass Quadrangle
  • USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest

Website: Shrine Mountain Inn

Dates Open: The Shrine Mountain Inn cabins are open all year round.

Owned By: Privately owned Oven: propane Sauna: Yes

The main winter route into the Shrine Mountain Inn parallels Shrine Pass Road. It is a gentle ski in and great for first time hut users.

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area Fee This hut is located in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area. Use of this hut during most of the winter requires payment of additional fees to the U.S. Forest service that will be charged at the time you make your reservation. This is not a parking fee; it applies regardless of which trailhead is used. The $6.00 per person per night fee is in effect from 11/29/13 though 4/30/14, children 13 and under are free. More information.

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Vail Pass, Elevation: 10,580' Route:Via Non-motorized winter use trail. Total Mileage: 2.7
  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut, Elevation: 11,500' Route: Via Wearyman Creek and Shrine Ridge Total Mileage: 6.8
  • Trailhead: Redcliff, Elevation: 8,680' Route: Via Shrine Pass Road Total Mileage: 9.3
  • Trailhead: Vail, Elevation: 8,220' Route: Via Commando Run Total Mileage: 15.9

The main summer access to the Shrine Mountain Inn Cabins is hiking, biking or driving up Shrine Pass Road to the huts. For a truly challenging mountain bike ride you can alos try riding up the Commando Run from Vail. There are no established summer hiking trails to this hut.Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.

For day hiking you can follow the trail from the huts to the top of Shrine Ridge for spectacular views of the Gore Range. Mountain bikers or hikers can also take the Commando Run down into Vail, just figure out a shuttle back to the hut before you leave.

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Summer Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Vail Pass, Elevation: 10,580' Route:Via FS 712. Total Mileage: 2.7
  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut, Elevation: 11,500' Route: Via F.S. road 751, F.S. road 702, F.S. road 714, F.S. road 708, F.S. road 709, F.S. road 712 to the hut Total Mileage: 25.2
  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut, Elevation: 11,500' Route: Via F.S. road 751, F.S. road 702, F.S. road 747, F.S. road 709, F.S. road 712 to the hut Total Mileage: 12.2
  • Trailhead: Redcliff Elevation: 8,680' Route: Via FS 709, FS 712Total Mileage: 9.3

10th Mountain Division Huts