Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Idaho Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

What an AMAZING place!!!!!!!! I ended up going the “extra mile” into the gulch which made it closer to an 8 mile hike. Parts of it are steep so take it slow going up and be careful on the way down. A must-do for locals and visitors alike!

hiking
16 hours ago

Really enjoyed this 13ner. A bit windy toward the top. Will definitely do it again. Nice enough to trail run most of it.

Loved it! I was the only one there until I started back down. Beautiful views and flowers. Saw lots of marmots and some pika. The last push to the top isn’t clearly demarcated as a trail, more like bushwhacking but pretty easy to follow the ridge. The lakes would be an awesome place to stop on the way back down for lunch. This is only a couple hundred feet lower than Bierstadt which is across the road and NO CROWDS!!

off road driving
16 hours ago

Dirt road through the mountain, nothing exceptional but drive it down in the evening for relaxation.

Not difficult but good workout. I clocked closer to 8 miles. 360 degrees of stunning views. Friend and I had trail and top of mountain to ourselves. Some rocky areas so watch your footing there. Weather today not an issue. No wind at top even, but still, go prepared. Really spectacular.

Beautiful 1st Fourteener! From the saddle, stow your poles and scramble to the summit.

21 hours ago

It’s more like 7-7.5 miles round trip. I would plan at least a good 6-7hours for the hike. Also plan on stopping a bit, incline is quite steep and rocky

Amazing views at the top of a pretty easy trail. Climbed on a big rock at the top to be almost blown away by the wind, climbed off the rock and sat at the base of it and couldn’t feel the wind at all but still heard it howling. Gorgeous area

Great trails. Well marked. Challenging :)
Access to trail head rough.

great hike..got last spot in parking lot at 540am on Thursday...glad we had a jeep for the drive in. beautiful flowers, mountain goats, and scenery!

Great trail! Beautiful lakes, wildflowers, wildlife and mountains. It’s a push to the final lake, and save food, water and energy for the final mile back to the trailhead because the hike down to the creek is tough to hike back up at the end of 10 miles! We started early to avoid the heat, but there were people headed out as we finished with one 12oz bottle of water! Please be prepared with at least a liter of water, electrolytes and snacks...we live in the mountains and we needed all these...flatlanders will really need them!

First hike ever in CO. I am from NE. stunning views of the continental divide ranges flowing creek throughout the trail, wonderful wildflowers and a small lake at 12k feet. There a multiple different approaches off the trail too. We went off trail at the lake to go up another 1000' vertical and you can see all the Rockies as far as the eye can see. This hike had everything. Bring plenty of water and I mean plenty you will need it. Fantastic hike.

Nice maintained fire road, steady grade to the top. Killer winds and a rewarding view!

Great trail. You can do it even if you’re from out of town if you’ve given yourself some time to adjust because it is at high elevation. There is some gain but it’s manageable because of the switchbacks. You get the beautiful views you’d get from climbing a 14er without the extreme effort. It’s cold at the top, refreshingly so, in July.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful, easy hike.

Definitely make sure you understand the trail before attempting or else you may run into some class 4 climbing (happened to us). There are a lot of social trails so just be aware and if it feels too hard you might be off the standard route. Other than that this is a great hike! Super fun, great views, and a lot of exposure to get your heart racing!

We love this trail! Right now the wildflowers are blooming and it’s really pretty. Definitely park in the lower parking lot unless you have a 4 wheel drive. It can be a little chilly on top.

Completed over the weekend mid-June. The lake was still frozen at the top, and we weren't expecting it. Beautiful hike, steady climb all the way to the lake. More like 8 miles than the listed 6.3 miles. Would love to do it again in late July or August for even more flowers and a summer alpine lake view.

hiking
1 day ago

FWIW, I am 66 and made it to the top with the help of an oxygen botte. A beautiful area, well worth the effort. Hiking up to wear the bouldering starts is not all that difficult. Up to that point would be a nice day hike in and off itself. In fact, depending on what kind of shape you are in, you might want to do that one day, recover, and then go to the very top a couple or so days later. What makes the hike difficult is that last 1000 feet or so up through the rocks to the top. I think that part took me two hours up and down. I have been up other 14ers, but it has been a while. In my memory, Bierstadt was the easiest up to where the bouldering started, but the "final assent" was easier at some other 14ers. Heavily trafficked. I started a little late, around noon, and probably crossed paths with 50 people on their way down. It took me 7 hours total, but I was pretty slow on the way down. I was probably the oldest person hiking. I saw one person who looked to be in his mid-50's. Everyone else seemed to be early 40s or younger. The median age was probably early 30's. In my younger days, I probably could have done it in 5-6 hours. Consider carrying a can of oxygen if you are from sea level or in my age range.

Wonderful hike. Used the alternate route starting at the Jones Pass (Butler Gulch) parking area. Same distance as the Berthoud Pass trail head - just a steeper ascent and more forest until you hit tree line. Insanely beautiful wild flowers. No snow or mud. Fantastic views.

Beautiful trial - I do a lot of hikes and prefer to do the hard ones , and I would actually rate this trail as more “hard” than “moderate.” I go quickly and summited in 1 hour and ran down in 30 min.

The incline is significant in parts which is fantastic, but the wind really makes it challenging. The wind is also why I only gave it 4 Stars, as at times it was unpleasant and almost made me fall over!

Otherwise, this is a GREAT workout if you push yourself and the views are amazing for being an hour from southern Denver.

When you park in the lot you can go straight up the dirt path as a short cut (but a steep shortcut) or take the service road up to the trail head (it’s on the left and the sign faces away from the road).

Awesome trail. Pretty difficult unless you hike trails on the regular. Lots of wildlife everywhere as well. We hiked down from summit lake to the Chicago lakes.

Beautiful hike! It's a steady incline almost all the way, so it's definitely a bit of a challenge, but nothing too steep. would recommend this hike to anyone!

Super easy trail if you’re used to the elevation. Awesome views up top. Good hike for visitors to the area. Only about a 50 min drive from downtown Denver.

hiking
2 days ago

Overall, a great hike. Went on a Wednesday and got there a little after 8 and didn’t have any crowds. The views don’t change much as you climb but the views are spectacular! Hit a good amount of wind about halfway up that caused some worry if I should turn around but I ended up pushing through as I saw others on the trail and they didn’t mention any unsafe conditions. If you usually eat a snack at the turnaround point, maybe plan to eat a heavy breakfast in case you aren’t able to sit and relax at the top (bc of the wind). It gets rocky at some points so if you have knee or ankle issues, wear the appropriate gear.

Perfect for our first 14’er!!

hiking
3 days ago

Started at 8 am on a Tuesday and the parking lot was surprisingly 1/2 full. Beautiful hike, tons of wild flowers. Definitely recommend doing it in summer and winter! We’ve snowshoed this trail in the winter and its always a great work out. Start early this is a pretty popular trail with high traffic

amazing trail. The terrain is easy, but with the elevation this is not quite an "easy" hike like some others I've seen on this app. There was still some snow at the top, and with the rising temps it was a bit slippery coming down, but well worth the climb to get the 360 degree views.

Did this with Evans! Amazing this one was an easy 14er!

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