Shipler Cabin Trail

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6.6 km
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130 m
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The Shipler Cabin Trail is a magical adventure in the Rocky Mountain National Park through meadowlands and towering pines. Perfect for viewing wildlife, this hike is ideal for families and explorers seeking a relatively level nature walk. Outdoor enthusiasts and historic buffs alike will enjoy the walk to the remnants of the historic cabin.

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Route Description for Shipler Cabin Trail

The Shipler Cabin Trail is a scenic adventure. Hike along the running waters of the Colorado River weaving through meadow-cloaked paths and towering pine trees to the remains of the historic cabin. As this path weaves between tree shade and exposed terrain, it is recommended to wear layers as insurance against changing conditions. It is also worth noting that there are often deer and elk spotted along this path, ensure to give them plenty of space if you encounter them! Located within the Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors are required to purchase a park pass.

Beginning from the Colorado River Trailhead, trek the Colorado River Trail north. Walk the meadowed path along the running river through the Coyote Valley. As you travel north, you will be rewarded with sights of the Never Summer Wilderness. The path will eventually weave you beneath the coverage of pine trees. Follow this path along the river all the way to the Shipler Cabin.

Explore the remains of the old mining cabin and revel in the verdant pines above. Rest here, and when you are ready, retrace your steps along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Shipler Cabin Trail Trailhead

The Shipler Cabin Trail departs from the Colorado River Trailhead off Trail Ridge Road.

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  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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    Out and back

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