Guide to Wildflower Hikes in Summit County

Summit County is blanketed in snow most of the year, which we love. But we also adore summer. It’s easy to forget what’s hiding underneath all that frost and ice! Colorado is home to more than 750 types of wildflowers that bloom in brilliant shades of yellow, purple, and every hue in between.

Sadly, those pretty blooms don’t last forever. In fact, you only have a couple of months to stop and smell the flowers. June through August is considered peak season, which is when you can see the greatest variety of blooms.

As summer winds down in the mountains, now is a great time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick walk in the woods or an alpine adventure, here’s your guide to wildflower hikes in Summit County.

Wildflower Hikes in Summit County

Mayflower Gulch
Location: Copper Mountain
Length: 5.9 mile loop
Difficulty: Moderate

Mayflower Gulch is a popular wildflower hike for a reason. For one, it runs through a gorgeous green meadow field sprinkled with beautiful wildflowers. There are also old mining huts to explore. Set against a jagged mountain backdrop, the photo opportunities are endless. Early August is the best time to see the wildflowers here.

Black Powder Pass
Location: Breckenridge
Length: 3.4 miles out and back
Difficulty: Moderate

This hike is off Boreas Pass Road near downtown Breckenridge. As you hike to the top of Black Powder Pass, you’ll be surrounded by open meadows with stunning red, purple, and yellow wildflowers. The top of the pass is the turnaround point and boasts great views of the Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Cataract Lake
Location: Silverthorne
Length: 2.3 mile loop
Difficulty: Easy

This wildflower hike is an easy-going walk around a lake surrounded by mountains and fed by a scenic waterfall. In early summer, hikers can see the delicate blue-lavender state flower of Colorado. Later in the season, bloom peepers will get their fill of purple larkspur in the meadows.

Wilder Gulch
Location: Frisco
Length: 7.3 miles out and back
Difficulty: Moderate

This wildflower hike is located in Frisco and features beautiful wildflowers all summer long. As you hike through lush meadows dotted with wildflowers, you’ll hear the sounds of a bubbling creek and various birds. The wildflowers are especially spectacular in July and August.

It’s peak season for wildflower hikes in Summit County

If you haven’t checked out the wildflowers in Summit County this summer, now is your chance. There are so many hikes we can’t even list them all! Don’t forget, it’s illegal to pick wildflowers in Colorado. Some species are so rare they’re actually protected by the state. Before you hit the trail, download the Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflower app on your phone. It’s easy to look up the pretty plants you see along the way.

Wildflower hikes in Summit County are just one of the things we love about summer in Breckenridge. There are tons of festivals and so many things to do! If you’re thinking about buying a luxury home in Summit County this season, please reach out to us. We’d be thrilled to show you some of the gorgeous properties on the market and help you find your next home.

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