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Mount Flora Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,765 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Cross country skiing

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Sarah B
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Beautiful views from the very start! Started on the trail around 7:30 and reached the summit around 9:30 with frequent stops. Parking lot fills up quick as others have stated. Start early since you’re above treeline pretty much the entire hike with no shade so bring lots of water! Definitely recommend trekking poles.

Sierra Seydel
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Hiking

First time doing this hike, and it was awesome! My dog’s first time in the alpine as well. We got there at 8:30am and had to park off the highway as the lot was full. Took us 3 hours almost exactly with some time at the top. My phone clocked us as going farther than the mileage listed here, but still worth it! Only downside is that you can see the highway for most of the hike, also a false summit about 1.5 miles into the trail.

Marley Withrow
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Hiking

got to the trailhead at 7am and it was packed already. The way up the trail was great; encountered responsible hikers with face coverings when passing others, yielding properly on the trail, their dogs leashed. The top is beautiful; panoramic views. It was an absolutely zoo on the way down and almost no face coverings, people tromping off the trail, letting their dogs run loose. Very disappointing. I'd save this one for a weekday hike to avoid the mobs of irresponsible hikers.

Anna Henderson
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Great!No shade

This was our first 13er and we loved it - views were amazing. We arrived at 5am and there were only 5-6 cars in the parking lot. When we got back to the lot around 10am it was completely full and we passed tons of people waiting for spots. I would recommend getting an early start to avoid crowds and the heat.

Bre Mangione
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Hiking

Loved this hike! It is a tough moderate but very worth it! The views are stunning. Started at 6:30am and it was already filling up! Go early and bring a jacket for up top!

Bria Coleman
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Hiking

Absolutely breath taking views at the summit! about 2 1/2 hrs to summit, and 1 1/2 down. Steady incline the entire time. I personally had to take several breaks to catch my breath , but it was SO worth it. one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in CO so far

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C Brown
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Hiking

Nice hike with moderate elevation gain. Love all the lakes. Some wild flowers, past the peak bloom (would assume it was last 2 weeks). Hit the trail early, left parking lot at 7 am, we ran into a lot people

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Allison Fountain
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This was a fantastic way to spend my Saturday morning. Started at around 6:30am which was great to beat the heat and the crowded parking lot. Many beautiful flowers and views. The hike goes back and forth from being quite a bit of an incline to some plateaus, so not terribly hard the whole time, but a but of huffing and puffing along the way. The rocky top has some great views of a frozen lake and some more peaks. My brother and I decided to go about a mile farther than the peak and it was really nice to walk along the path with breathtaking mountains all around us. Wonderful hike and my dog loved it too.

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Anthony Davis
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Hiking

Arrived at 6:30 and the parking lot was about 1/4 full but by the time I made it back down around 10:30 it was completely full with people circling trying to find a place to park.

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Jenna Jacobs
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Hiking

Views are worth the incline! This was a hard hike but totally worth it. Bring a jacket as it’s cold up top and go as early as you can. It gets very crowded early.

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Kell Simon
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Hiking

Maybe my favorite hike ever. Got there at 7 am and there was plenty of parking. Way up was a little tough but so worth it for the views, wildflowers, rocks, and a pika! Not too crowded (passed someone every 5 minutes or so). Cold and windy at the top, so bring a hat!

Megan Freck
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Hiking

Arrived around 8:15am on a Friday. Parking lot was filling up, but there were still spaces left. You’re in the sun almost the entire time, and at times it can be incredibly windy, especially at the summit.

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John Weeks
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HikingRocky

This trail was fantastic! It was a tough trail but definitely worth the views. Very windy on top and can get chilly so bring layers.

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Lori Abramowitz
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Challenging but not too hard and all around gorgeous views! Some wildflowers left too. A little windy at the top, we summitted at around 10:30 am, started at around 8:10 am. Plenty of parking. Just one place where it looks like you should continue on the road around a switchback right the right but the trail goes to the left. It is marked but the sign isn’t facing the right way. It’s about a mile up. Other than that very easy to follow the trail! Definitely recommend. And it’s a 13-er, so you get the views without the crowds! :)

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David Hancock
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HikingGreat!No shade

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Ashleigh Castillo
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Moderate hike with steady incline. Nothing overly difficult tho. Very windy towards to the top — make sure you have layers. No water at all on hike if you’re bringing your dog. Nice wildflowers were blooming. Happy trails!

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M WOLFE
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Trail is in great shape. little wind on the way up but quite gusty at the summit. Wind continues half way down. 7/8/20. Just amazing views all the way. Pretty short and moderate for a 13er. Love this hike. Best to do early, less wind and midsummer is warmer than when we hiked it last sept. Fairly crowded.

Liliana Myers
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Hiking

Got to the trailhead at 6:30 it was still very empty. Beautiful trail very easy to follow with lots of lovely wild flowers. The view from the top was incredible. Got windy on decent but nothing terrible. There were lots more people headed up as I was heading down. Parking lot was packed when I left.

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kate blume
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Hiking

This hike is incredible. The views are amazing the entire time, and the trail is a steady grade pretty much the entire way to the top, which never really felt too difficult. It makes the downhill part very pleasant too, as you’re not stepping over boulders for hours and blowing out your knees! Save the popular 14ers for another year and hike this trail if you want them same fantastic views but a fraction of the people to share the trail with.

Mindy P
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Hiking

Great hike! The flowers all the way to the top are truly beautiful, along with the views. Blue lake (along the way) and Ethel lake (seen from the top) were very beautiful. Never intensely steep, but a good work out to be sure. The top is very flat, and takes walking around the edge to fully appreciate the whole view. Lots of pikas as well

Edward Strickler
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Hiking

Amazing trail! Not very steep with incredible views pretty much the entire time. Windy and chilly at the top and 13000 feet is definitely not like taking a walk around city park. Totally worth it!!

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Taylor Paavola
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Gorgeous trail. Hiked 7/6 and got to the parking lot around 9:45 - it was pretty full so I recommend getting there a bit early. I took the service road up until I saw the sign for Floras peak. This was one of the hardest hikes I’ve done in Colorado as I’ve mainly been hiking 11,000 ft or under. Absolutely worth it - the views were stunning all the way up like others have said and there are plenty of wildflowers. Definitely a scramble in some parts, wish I had hiking poles. Some snow at the top and it was extremely windy coming down as a storm was starting to roll in. I recommend this one!

Haslam Ford
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HikingNo shade

I hiked up the road and then down the trail. Trail is definitely prettier with lots of blooming alpine wildflowers. Seems I was lucky that it was a very still day and no wind so I could enjoy the top. The trail is mostly in the sun so bring your sunscreen! The one thing I didn’t live about this trail was the lack of feeling away from civilization, with the pass so close and the Minds research center. Other than that, It rewards you with a nice panoramic view and a good workout!

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