Winter Park’s Top 4 WIldflower Hikes
Colorado's favorite playground offers hundreds of miles for hiking, exploring
Photo caption: Wild roses are just one of the many wildflowers that hikers can see in Winter Park, “Colorado’s favorite playground.”
Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Names Top 4 Fabulous Hikes for Wildflower Viewing
–’Colorado’s favorite playground’ offers hundreds of miles for hiking, exploring –
Winter Park-Fraser Valley, Colo. – Winter Park-Fraser Chamber today released its top four fabulous hikes for wildflower viewing this summer. After the white snow melts across Colorado, verdant valleys are uncovered. To add to the stunning landscape, Mother Nature sprinkles splashes of color with columbines (the Colorado state flower), Indian paintbrushes and wild roses, among others, painting the Colorado countryside.
With hundreds of miles of trails to explore in “Colorado’s favorite playground,” it can be a challenge to pick the perfect path for the best view of the sometimes-shy wildflowers. Luckily, Winter Park-Fraser Chamber has made it simple by releasing its top four wildflower hikes (listed in no particular order).
- Columbine Lake: This beautiful, 3.4 miles each way hike is accessed at a trailhead northeast of Winter Park on County Road 83. The hike follows an old jeep road until it reaches a junction with the Caribou Pass Trail at 1.7 miles. As the Caribou Trail splits away, stay to the right to remain on the Columbine Lake Trail. The trail continues along the creek to its source at Columbine Lake. This tree-lined lake is nestled in a steep basin on the northwest face of Mount Neva.
- Monarch Lake: This popular hike is located just south of Lake Granby and backs up to the Indian Peak Wilderness. Monarch Lake is a popular hike for families and four legged friends. A four-mile loop provides spectacular views of the lake against the backdrop of the forest.
- Devil’s Thumb: Devil’s Thumb is a more strenuous hike through high mountain meadows, subalpine, timberline and above-timberline terrain. Views are ever-changing along the way, offering glimpses of Mt. Neva, Devil’s Thumb, Rollins Pass, and the town of Tabernash. Unique photo opportunities arise at the top with 360-degree views.
- Jim Creek: This is a moderate hike located across from the Winter Park Resort towards James Peak. The hike meanders through a heavy lodge pole pine forest, following the creek and offering many wildflower, aspen and even moose encounters!
Click here for the map from The Official Mountain Bike & Trail Guide to Winter Park & The Fraser Valley for even more hiking options. Also, the Winter Park Visitor Center has a list of “Favorite Day Hikes” for those looking for additional hiking options. For more information check out Winter Park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/playwinterpark, follow @playwinterpark on Twitter or visit www.pinterest.com/playwinterpark/ on Pinterest.
Winter Park-Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)
The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park-Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, email@example.com« Back to Overview