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2 days ago

Love this hike! The flowers are always amazing even after peak season. It’s a steep climb at times but the beauty is worth it. It’s easy to get to from Denver but can be crowded on the weekends. That is the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars.

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4 days ago

Perfect strenuous hike not far from Denver. The last half mile is deceivingly steep but very doable and worth it. Just hard enough to make you break a sweat and need a breather but not so much that you want to stop. Being above the tree line for the last half mile gives you great views of the surrounding ranges. Gorgeous hike. Highly recommend for a good sweat! In and out with a stop at the top for snacks in 3 hours.

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5 days ago

The trail starts out a bit steep, levels out a bit, and then returns to a decent climb to get to the top. My husband and I hiked this trail, to the waterfall, with our two kids, 7 and 10 year old. It was about 3 mi., round trip, with a 1000 ft. elevation gain (The cirque is a bit further with another 500 ft. elevation gain). The wildflowers were past their peak but there were still plenty to enjoy.

This is our third time doing this Centennial Wildflower Hike and I would have to say that we better enjoy it earlier in the season when water crossing are more plentiful and the colors are off the wall. Today's hike was dryer, still beautiful, and hot. Go in July.

I have to say, there were quite a few people on the trail. This was the busiest I have ever seen it. BIG clap of appreciation goes out to all of the folks picking-up after their dogs. There were some bags of dog poop along the trail going up. When I came back down, they were gone! That's not to say that there weren't several piles left all around the trailhead, but it sure was nice to see responsible dog owner's making a difference in the way our trails are being used and abused by cleaning up after their pets. Thanks!

You want wild flowers then go here!!!

Also very underrated waterfall, photos don't do it justice.

First old mine is cool, second is not.

Steep trail, but beautiful waterfall early on and great tree coverage at the start. “Lake” and mine at the top are so so.

10 days ago

Very very pretty!

11 days ago

Hiked on 8/8/2018. I agree that the trail should be marked moderate. Still some nice flowers around. Skies were hazy due to smoke. Thus, visibility was not as great as it should be. Continued on to the CDT and Jones Pass for a nice round trip. Jones Pass was clear of all snow drifts. I couldn't find a clearly marked route to the CDT so I just picked what appeared to be the least steep route up to the ridge.

Absolutely beautiful trail. Should be rated moderate instead of hard in our opinion

13 days ago

Wildflowers are past peak but don't let that stop you from enjoying this moderate hike that takes you above treeline.

Some cool mining ruins at the top and a very cool waterfall about 1.5 miles into the hike.

We arrived just shy of 9am Saturday morning and parked about one-third of a mile from the trailhead. It's a short, bumpy dirt road with a few potholes but nothing a sedan can't navigate - we saw several sedans in the parking area. Just drive carefully.

14 days ago

Nice day, but smokey skies from fires. Lots of wild flowers. Went all the way to the cirque.

14 days ago

Had to much fun. It was beautiful and not very hard. There was a cool abandoned car at the top. Bring a rain jacket because weather can change fast up there! We got pegged on with hail. Quite the adventure tho! Would go again.

Love this hike! Tons of wild flowers and the mining ruins were great. Hiked this on Sunday, July 15th with my pup. Left at 7:30 am and encountered few folks on the way up. Made it to the top around 10:30 am, back to my car at 12:15. Highly recommend!

19 days ago

Hiked Butler Gulch on 6/24/18 with my wife. Beautiful hike, nice wildflowers, the snow is melting fast...

Wild flowers have peaked already but, they are still out. Quite steep. Lovely views though.

More moderate than hard, but a good workout and views of waterfalls and the surrounding peaks as you get to the gulch. From where I was, there was no lake though so don’t get your hopes for one of you just go to the actual gulch!

Started about 8:45am and down by 10:45 with jogging down, and I did hike a little extra up the CDT to the saddle for some extra views of Grays and Torreys.

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23 days ago

I hiked this trail 8/5/17 and it was full of wildflowers. I hiked it today and the wildflowers below tree line were still in full bloom, not so much above tree line. I hiked up to the old mine and then decided to hike up to the CDT and back down Jones Pass Road (about 7.5 miles RT). There was a bit of snow to cross at the top of Jones Pass Road but otherwise clear. Views were awesome on the CDT!

This is one of the trails I hike annually. Next time I will try to summit where it connects with the CDT. Lots of area to explore above treeline. I think it is more moderate than strenuous. Wildflowers were peak bloom last weekend 7/21 when I went hiking. ATTENTION. ****I lost my nice black sunglasses that really mean a lot to me, with a dark purple strap/band attached**** I asked several people that day if they saw them. One group behind me did see them right on the trail and said I should be able to pick them up on my way down so I wasn’t too worried. Then as I was heading down I asked a few more groups of people who stated they haven’t seen them. I couldn’t locate them either on my way down. This leads me to believe someone picked them up and kept them as their own, which is really disappointing to me. I would like to believe my fellow hikers and nature lovers would have more of a heart than that to pick up sunglasses on a busy Saturday that you know someone will be back for. I would never steal sunglasses on a trail I would return them to trailhead or post on here if I found anything. They really mean a lot to me- so if anyone happened to pick them up I would greatly appreciate it if you came forward to return them to me. I would meet up anywhere in Colorado to get them back. I will be back at the trail this weekend on sat or sun to go another way up to the CDT. Please reach out to me my email is krista.marie18@gmail.com

28 days ago

Love this hike! My dogs can be off leash and run around as much as they want. There’s water all along with the stream and gorgeous waterfall! Wild flowers are beautiful! It’s a steady climb and a great workout! Fun to go explore the mine ruins at the top. I would rate this trail as moderate versus hard. This is also a great trail to snowshoe in the winter time, I’ve done it multiple times and it’s always beautiful!

Beautiful scenery! Worth the effort - well maintained in the summer months, impossible to reach the top with snow on the ground - mid June - Sept would be the best time to go

Great trail. Waterfalls are amazing. A lot of uphill, but beautiful at the top!

1 month ago

Well maintained trail with beautiful views.

Definitely a challenge. BRING BUG SPRAY, you will get eaten alive if you don't.

This was one of my fave hikes near Denver! The wildflowers were amazing above tree line. We brought our dogs and they were very happy with the creek that we paralleled and crossed most of the way! We got a late start around 12 and were easily able to park by the trailhead.

1 month ago

I did this hike last Thursday (7/5) around 1 pm. It was overcast and cloudy, and I almost turned back near the end due to impending thunderstorms.

I got a late start on this one, as I usually try and start early to avoid the crowds and inclement weather. However, in this particular case I lucked out, as I only saw one other group on the trail and was able to complete the out-and-back before it got too dangerous in terms of weather.

This is a phenomenal hike. I can see why most reviewers give it a 5-star rating. The trek is overflowing with beautiful Colorado wildflowers (including Columbines) all the way to the top. There is also a number of waterfalls, with a magnificent view of their cascading effects near where the treeline ends.

As stated in a few of the previous reviews, the trail is somewhat muddy in a few spots and the stream does run through it in some parts. So sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

I would love to return to do this hike early in the morning so that I could spend some more time at the top taking in some of the stupendous surrounding views.

It took me about 2 hours to complete this trek, but I was traveling at a pretty consistent pace and only stopped a few times along the way. Would definitely recommend to any/all hikers looking for a challenge!

Tip: If you're looking for great FREE camping in the area, Jones Pass has some phenomenal camp spots right up the road from the trail. 4x4 vehicle would be advantageous to make it to some of the grounds, but I made it in my Volvo that has an incredibly low clearance.

1 month ago

The views were amazing. It is steep most of the hike but it is so worth it.

1 month ago

Hiked Butler Gulch today, 7/6. Excellent weather for a lovely hike! The wildflowers are amazing and plentiful all along the trail. Creek spills over in one spot and runs down the trial, but there is a nice, dry bypass you can use. Creek crossings are manageable. Very few hikers going up in the morning, but several, including small groups, heading up around noon. Agree with previous comment to be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots, poles, bug spray, and bring lots of water. Enjoy!

Beautiful trail. Went on 7/3. We started at 12:30, and got back to the car at 5:30.
The trail had about 40 people on it. You'll definitely need some hiking boots, we had to cross water on the trail about 3 or 4 times. At the top, by the 2 nickel mines, there was still snow. We saw lots of wild flowers around the trail, and above the tree line. (Dont forget to stop and smell a few)
Bug spray and a walking stick are recommended. Lots of skeeters by the top.
We tested the water, to drink, and the river at the top showed 25-37 ppm (cleaner than ANY tap water)

Great trail to experience at least once. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Super muddy in certain parts due to the summer thaw, but great views at the top and pretty quiet overall for a Sunday morning. 10/10 would go again.

2 months ago

The trail up is very muddy and washed out in certain spots from all of the melting snow. Up top, there are still stretches of snow fields covering the path that need to be crossed. Nice hike though, not overly difficult or crowded. Would probably be a good idea to bring spikes if you're planning on going sometime in the next few weeks

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