Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range Guide Book

by Pamela & David Irwin (Westcliffe Publishers)
Coloradoand39;s Best Wildflower Hikes The Front Range  by Pamela & David Irwin

240pp/color maps/color photos
ISBN: 1565792742

Colorado's bountiful wildflowers paint the landscape with bright colors from the plains to the high alpine tundra. Their radiant displays draw hikers to the trails like a magnet. Pamela Irwin reveals the 50 most outstanding hikes for viewing wildflowers along the Front Range. Whether hikers view "felted-foliaged" larkspur along a red-floored wash, or stately blue columbines in a high-country meadow, Irwin takes the reader by the hand and describes the wildflowers encountered along the way. Wildflower viewers will enjoy knowing which Colorado Front Range hikes are best-suited for finding the most colorful flower displays.

© Pamela and David Irwin/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.
... Preview: Located just west of Fort Collins, 2,500-acre Lory State Park has one of the finest wildflower hikes found in the foothill zone. Flowery meadows, colorful rock gardens and outstanding views reward the ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: Hall Ranch Open Space Park is a sprawling old ranch now accessible to outdoor enthusiasts. The trailhead is located just 1.5 miles south of Lyons. Bitterbrush Trail begins curving around low hills bef ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Surrounded by 12,446-foot Little Pawnee Peak on the south, 13,223-foot Mount Audubon on the north, and majestic Mount Toll rising due west, Blue Lake sits in a magnificent setting. To reach Blue Lake, ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Ward, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: West of Evergreen, Alderfer-Three Sisters, another great Jefferson County Open Space Park, has several trails in its 770 acres. June holds a special treat for wildflower enthusiasts at Alderfer-Three ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: The ancient Greeks named the god of the north wind Boreas. Colorado’s Boreas Pass, crossing the Continental Divide between South Park and Breckenridge, withstands blizzards capable of piling up to 10 ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Como, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: While the spectacular main body of Rocky Mountain National Park is justifiably famed, the park has several corners worth investigating. Bridal Veil Falls on Cow Creek is one. Located north of Estes Pa ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
... Preview: Lair O’ the Bear, a Jefferson County Open Space Park, nestles in an east-west canyon through which fair-sized Bear Creek flows. The Bruin Bluff Loop covers a variety of habitats from riparian to rocky ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Morrison, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: At peak bloom, Butler Gulch is a wildflower viewer’s dream. More than 100 species live near the cascades, seeps, and meadows. Consider carrying an extra pair of socks in your pack as you trod through ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Empire, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: In Mueller State Park and Wildlife Area, more than 40 trails offer plenty of variety to choose from. In fact, choosing a hike can be more difficult than the hiking itself. One excellent choice for a r ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Divide, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: On the western outskirts of Boulder, historic Chautauqua Auditorium and resort complex rests nostalgically by a vast meadow. Boulder Mountain Parks oversees this open space where a network of trails i ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Colorado Springs has preserved a bit of wild within its busy borders with the Bear Creek Regional Park complex. Several trails radiate from the outstanding center. One leisurely trail, the Coyote Gulc ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: In addition to the many superlatives for Rocky Mountain National Park— spectacular, impressive, memorable— “rewarding” should join the list for the Cub Lake/The Pool Loop. Diversity lies at the heart ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: One of the top high-country wildflower hikes on the Front Range, Diamond Lake Trail has in excess of 100 different kinds of wildflowers coloring sweeping slopes and intimate glens, as well as plenty o ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Eldora, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Of the many lovely lakes in the 415-square-mile Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll rarely find three in a row, especially so close together. Nymph, Dream, and Emerald lakes are varied in settings, e ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: For centuries, hunter-gatherers knew and appreciated Rabbit Mountain. Natural springs, plentiful game, edible plants, and encompassing views for security drew nomadic tribes here. Hikers today can fol ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75
... Preview: The Front Range is rich in natural treasures. One such paragon is Golden Gate Canyon State Park, less than an hour’s drive from the Denver metro area. With 14,000 acres to explore, this state park off ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Located adjacent to Pike National Forest, Roxborough State Park nestles at the base of the Front Range foothills southwest of Denver. The Fountain Valley Loop, once an old ranch road, allows companion ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Though Rocky Mountain National Park could, as a whole, be called a gem, the small lake found in a granite bowl on Lumpy Ridge is aptly called Gem Lake. Not only is it an interesting hike geologically, ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Guarded on the west by the Continental Divide, pretty Hassell Lake is a short but somewhat arduous hike. En route to the scenic lake, the one-mile trail gains more than 800 vertical feet; fortunately ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Empire, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Hayden/Green Mountain Open Space Park on the outskirts of Lakewood is awash with colorful flowers in spring and early summer. Green Mountain’s gentle slopes, especially those north and east, are a wil ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range"
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3

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