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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

Hiking

Nature trips

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Wild flowers

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Kristen Warren
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HikingNo shade

Elevation Introduction and Talus Teaser: This is a great trail to get a feel for what you’ll find on our higher mountains! I’m training my dog so I chose this to be his first 13er at 13,146’. The parking lot is at 11,300’ so elevation gain is under 2000 feet in about 3 1/2 miles and the gains aren’t crazy. Total hike is about 6.8 miles round trip. There is a bathroom at the parking lot too. The trail is an easy to follow class 1. From the parking lot at Berthound Pass hike up the forest road (dirt road) for about 3 switchbacks. After the 3rd switchback, you’ll walk under telephone poles/wires and the trail official connects to the road. This is approximately .8 mile from the road gate at the parking lot. You’ll see a post with a sign, but the sign isn’t facing the road. Follow the trail. The mountain with the weather station is Colorado Mines Mountain and if you chose, you can summit it also. There is a fork in the trail. Colorado Mines Mountain is hiker’s right. Go straight for Mt Flora. After the fork, you can see Mt Flora in the distance. You’ll traverse across a saddle where you can see a lake to your right down below. After that, you’ll ascend a little and through a small talus field. This is your first talus field and it’s relatively mild. Then it levels out again and is more of a trail. You’ll ascend one more time and navigate the trail through a talus field. The trail is still a dirt path. Mt. Flora’s summit is relatively flat with talus. There is a sign and right next to the sign is the Geo marker.

Chloe Lai
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HikingNo shade

Got to TH before 7am on Sunday and the lot was pretty empty. Lots of people coming through after 7am tho so def start early. Some parts of the trail were pretty narrow but most people are courteous & wear mask, thank you!

Eric Shu
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Hiking

Good first 13er. Started at 7am. Took four hours with a 20min snack at the top. Windy but not too crazy. Sun shirt, beanie, and gloves. Delightful.

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Elisabeth Burrell
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Hiking

Arrived at the lot just before six on Sunday 8/9 - it was nearly empty! Passed a few folks on the way up (or rather, they passed me, I'm slow haha!), but overall very light traffic. Reached the summit just before 9 and relaxed at the top for about 30 minutes. Coming down, I encountered even fewer people, which I was pleasantly surprised by! Heed the advice of others and bring layers - it gets very windy and very cold about a mile from the summit. I was thankful to have gloves and a windbreaker. Also, as others have said, you get above tree line quickly, so best to use the restrooms at the trailhead. Lot was mostly full by the time I returned, just before 11. Overall, a really wonderful hike, clearly marked and mostly easy to navigate trail, and amazing view throughout!

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Ro B.
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RunningGreat!

Beatific trail with easy access and plenty of opportunities to make it longer or shorter. A few reasons in August 2020 for the low rating: (1) crowded, yep i was there as were hundreds of other people (2) poop bags, yep dogs on leashes were all very well behaved but multiple(!!!) poop bags left by humans, including at the summit — there is no cleaning service (3) masks, lack of on 6 out of every 10 people i encountered

Laura Castleman
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Hiking

Very windyParking was available when we arrived at 8am on a Saturday

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Cheryl H
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Hiking

Nice set of trails. Fantastic views of Berthoud Pass, Squaw Peak, Chief Mtn, Mt Evans, some of Longs and Pikes! Could see back to bridge at Genesee over I-70! My AllTrails recorded 2100ft elevation gain and was 3.5miles. Glad for advice to have cap/gloves. Needed windbreaker as winds were fierce. Trekking pole or two would be useful but not required

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Emily Cassidy
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Great spot for a solo hike! I got to the trailhead just after 7:00AM on a Saturday morning and the lot was about half full. Clean restrooms at the trailhead. This is one of the windiest hikes I have ever done -- I echo all the previous recommendations for a windbreaker, ear coverings, gloves, and sunglasses. Some really great views both at the summit and on the way up. The first 1/3 or so of the way up has beautiful wildflowers. This hike is truly moderate -- not a piece of cake, but not too strenuous either. On my way down at around 9:00AM, there were substantially more people headed up, many without any face coverings and with off leash dogs (big dog fan here, but almost got tripped by multiple pups, so beware!). Love that this trail is just an hour outside of Denver!

Michael Sieffert
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Hiking

If it weren’t for the wind it would be a perfect moderate mountain hike. The wind was insane and I’m glad I had my covid mask to protect my face. Some of the best views I’ve ever seen on a hike. Definitely recommend for a moderate 13er. Also did Colorado mine peak on the other side near all the machinery and that felt like a hidden gem.

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Chelsea Dublin
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Hiking

Absolutely loved this hike despite the crazy wind. Definitely bring face protection. Stunning views the entire way up and down. More difficult than I expected but still doable. A nice challenge well worth the effort. 10/10

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Cailyn Wolberg
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Hiking

We did Mount Flora and Colorado Mine’s Peak! Fun, doable, and beautiful but VERY windy. Bring something to cover your ears and/or face for sure. Some of the best views I’ve seen in the area.

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Rhonda O'Brien
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Hiking

Great trail beautiful views. Windy and cold so don’t forget the layers.

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Emily R.
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Running

Trail ran this last night! Easy hike with some beautiful sunset views!

Paul Brusca
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Hiking

Trail is in great shape. Great views!

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Bart Palmer
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Mountain biking

It was awesome!!! A little windy, but bluebird day. Absolutely amazing views!

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Becky M.
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Hiking

very pretty trail. I would say a slightly harder moderate. make sure to bring layers it gets windy!

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Leah Anderson
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Hiking

great views. just really great views

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Christy Tucker
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Hiking

Awesome!!

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Daren Craig
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First 13er! Hiked this a few weeks back. Absolutely gorgeous! One, maybe two moderately steep stretches, but not terrible. Fairly windy throughout, but the views make it worthwhile!

Danielle Tijerina
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HikingNo shade

This 13er was a straightforward hike with great views. There were a ton of people on the trail when we went on a Saturday, but still found parking when we arrived around 8am to the trailhead. Challenging enough to feel accomplished, but won’t totally wreck you.

Mandy Parmer
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HikingNo shade

This trail has beautiful views. I really wish we could have made it to the top (weather turned us around). Bring a jacket and hat for the above tree line portion of the hike (top 2/3). This is not a technically difficult hike but the elevation certainly ups the challenge.

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Jessica Cravens
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HikingGreat!No shade

I loved this hike! It has incredible views, a well maintained trail, and alternating sections of flat and steep. I got to the trailhead at 7am on Saturday to find plenty of parking left. There was only about 3 groups on the summit. Going down is when there was more trail traffic. You lose tree line quick so use the restrooms at the TH and pack a hat/glasses/sunscreen.

Kayla Morrill
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Hiking

This is a great trail! Not super long but you get some great views! I suggest starting early to get a parking spot in the lot but also to avoid stronger winds. I was surprised that you can't see the summit of Mt. Flora for most of the trail as you skirt around peaks. Trail is narrow in some spots along the ridge, but always places to pull off for a breath or to let people pass. Beautiful views all around!

Heather Caples
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Hiking

This was my first 13er and I definitely think it was a good pick! My first time about 12400ft or so. The elevation gain was definitely a challenge but I took my time and it was all manageable. Gorgeous 365 degree views from the summit made it all worth it. Got to the TH around 8 on a Sunday and still plenty of parking. Got down before any rain started. Would definitely recommend this for anyone ramping up to higher elevation hiking.

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Tali Burger
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Hiking

Great hike! This was our first 13er and it was strenuous and so rewarding! Very open space with no protection or shade. We started at 6:30am and were done by 10! Felt like the best way to do it.

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Michelle Tiedeman
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Hiking

I loved the trail, it was my first 13er (I've done one 14er and didn't like it). This was more my speed for high altitude hiking. The weather was beautiful, no bad weather threat in the morning and only light wind at the top. There were still some wildflowers along the road and first part of the main trail, but they are starting to fade. We arrived at the parking lot around 7:30 am on a Saturday and barely got a spot. Some members mentioned that they felt this was a good COVID hike, and I agree with that for the portion that was along the service road, but it gets very crowded on the weekend and there are definitely areas with pretty bad congestion. About half of people were wearing masks, a quarter were wearing masks around their chin or dangling off of one ear (doesn't count, folks, sorry).

Douglas Marvel
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Hiking

Absolutely unreal. This hike really never had a dull moment. Spectacular vistas every step of the way. A little blustery but the wind was never bad enough to be debilitating or even annoying. We arrived at around 9AM in spite of the advice to be done by then. Whoops. Parked immediately, which was perhaps just divine providence. Your experience my vary. Took some great pictures but you’ll just have to trust me on that because it’s about beer past pizza o’clock.

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