Mount Flora Trail

Winter Park, Colorado 80482

Mount Flora Trail

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"The relatively gentle “climb” of 13,132-foot Mount Flora along the Mount Flora Trail section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through the old Berthoud Pass Ski Area then into the “Land Above the Trees.”

The trail wanders in and out of the James Peak Wilderness. The miniature world of the alpine tundra will dazzle you with a carpet of tiny, colorful wild?owers surviving in a harsh place. The 360-degree views from Mount Flora’s summit range from the expansive ?atness of the eastern plains, to valleys with beautiful alpine lakes, to peaks as far as you can see."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
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"Since the trail is above timberline, drawbacks include exposure to Colorado’s ever-changing weather. There is also no gurgling stream or alpine lake, so bring along plenty of water for yourself and for your pet (there is one possibility of water in a rather wet section on the west ridge of Mount Flora, where there are several springs seeping to the surface). Your pet can be off-leash, but be certain to keep your dog from chasing ptarmigans or picas that you will meet along the way. Mount Flora has two summits, so don’t be fooled by what looks like the peak. Once on top you will see the true summit 0.3 mile ahead of you. Dip into the saddle and lose a couple hundred feet of elevation, then climb steeply over rather gravelly and rocky terrain to the true summit. Look for the canister that contains the sign-in register among the boulders. If the weather holds and it is still early in the day, luxuriate in the sun and the panoramic vistas."

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not too bad of a trail. if you like wide open views, this trail is all that! only at the start of the trail are there trees, but once you get onto the single track part, the trees are sparse. most of the trail is above treeline. vegetation is not the most interesting, but there are great views of the continental divide. it was a bit windy towards the top. the trail is maintained very well, only a few sections that were rocky.

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Trail Information

Winter Park
Nearby City
1,817 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 to 3.5 hours
Best late June through early October. Open year-round.
Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District, Idaho Springs Visitor Center, 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs; 303-567-4382; James Peak Wilderness Fact Sheet available at; click on Find a Wilderness, and List by Name to select “J” then James Peak Wilderness.
Local Contacts
USGS Berthoud Pass and Empire; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 104 Idaho Springs/ Loveland Pass; Latitude 40°: Colorado Front Range Trails
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