Explorer | 40 pts
This is the best time to do this hike it is a waist deep carpet of wildflowers with views of mountain valleys, passes and peaks. Best hike we did this week. Great scenery, views and photos. We started late and turned around at 2 hours in sight of the waterfall but still a mile from the end of trail.
There is space for 2 cars to park at the gate and very little turn around space. When we got there a Subaru and a Jeep were already there. Our Suburban might still be there if we had attempted to go to the gate. We parked at the campground below and walked the mile to the gate. This is the most strenuous part of the hike, take it slow, past the gate gentle uphills and flats. If you don't have a high clearance vehicle add another 3/4 mile rtrp to hike from the turn off. You have to cross a narrow stream with banks to get to the campground. There was no turnaround point here so you'll have to back out if you can't make it.
Bring bug spray, this time of the year there was a bad infestation of flies, some bite most just annoying. A local in Gothic said they hatch first of July and stay 2-3 weeks. Great, just at the peak of the wildflowers.
Bring sunscreen and hat the trail is mostly exposed. Start early, while no afternood thunderstorms today 3 days later on the otherside of the mountain near Marble 4 hikers hit by lightening at 2pm.