Elevation: 10,400 to 12,000 feet
Wildflowers found on this hike
This is a steep trail that starts from I-70 and winds up at a mountain lake 3.5 miles later. The trail starts with a short stretch through pines. Then it follows a stream upward through a series of mountain meadows. The meadows are colorful with wildflowers in July. The columbine are the most showy, and the ones that get the most attention. I found over 50 other species that I could identify, and half a dozen that I could not. The trail crosses numerous rivulets on its way. Look in the damp banks of these for bog orchids.