Wildflower meadow in Winter Park, Colorado

Top 4 Wildflower Hikes

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Top 4 Wildflower Hikes

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"Colorado's favorite Playground" offers hundreds of miles for hiking, exploring. This summer, take one of our top four fabulous hikes for wildflower viewing. 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, 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).  

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 wildflowers, aspen and even moose encounters!

For even more hiking options visit our hiking page and be sure to pick up a trail map from the Visitor Center in downtown Winter Park or check out the digital version here.

Rollins Pass Alpine Lake With Yellow Flowers near Winter Park, Colorado

Rollins Pass Alpine Lake

Wildflowers along the Trails

Wildflowers in Winter Park

Wildflowers in the Fraser Valley