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7/11/2015 6:10 PM
 

 I was in Crested Butte the week of June 27th and the wildflowers were fantastic.  There were numerous areas in the lower elevations with the Silvery Lupine, which is a spring wildflower and similar to the Texas Bluebonnet in color.  I also saw lupines growing in the wild that were more of a purple/grape color and also saw white lupines.  See the photos for the Brush Creek Hiking Trail for all three lupine types.  I saw numerous columbine plants growing in the wild, which is the state flower of Colorado.  I have never seen so many in the past on any of my trips to Colorado.  It was very exciting to see that many!  Sunflowers were starting to bloom all over the hillsides and come out toward the end of the lupine season by the end of June/early July.  

By the end of the week, the lupines were starting to fade and going to seed.  It was very colorful with scarlet gilia,  wild petunias, bluebells, blue flax, vetch, yarrow and sneezeweed blooming along the trails.  I have marked the hiking locations on my landscape photos and have also included close-up shots with the types of flowers included.  There were a few I could not identify.  We caught some of the spring wildflowers, with the summer widflowers starting to bloom in the lower elevations.  We drove up Washington Gulch Rd to a great view overlooking the valley and mountain ranges, but the ride was rough toward the top. A high clearance vehicle would be ideal to explore that area.  There were a few widlfowers starting to bloom, but this is an area with beautiful mixtures somewhat later in the season (probably mid to late July and early August).  I included some photos that show the view and snow capped mountains nearby.  I saw beautiful photos by the local professional photographers of that area.  A hike they mentioned that includes those great views and wildflowers is the 403 Trail and although somewhat long, it can be biked.  The Red Lady ski lift can take you up the mountain to the trail.  I think it is also picked up by driving up Washington Gulch Rd (further than we went).  In the past, we also hiked the Woods Walk/Lower Loop with good wildflowers and a lake and have driven up the dirt road portion of Gothic Road for great views and wildflowers.  Anyway, I have included a link to the photos I took along the trails we hiked this year.

 

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Recreation Path Hiking Trail

Posted by Gayle Shoemaker Fetick on Saturday, July 11, 2015
 
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7/14/2015 7:39 AM
 

Gayle, Thank you for the report and photos! Very nice work...I especially like the moonshot!

That trip is still on my list. Hopefully, next year I will make it up that way!

 
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7/16/2015 10:50 AM
 

Gayle,

Nice photo!  Thanks for posting the link to all the others too.  I'm a native of Colorado and I had never seen a Mariposa Lily until now (78 years later).  What a wild and wonderful flower.  Retired in Texas and my last trip to Colorado was fall of 2007 I may have to try the early summer version next year??  Although at my age a day trip wears me out

Murry


http://grigsbys.smugmug.com/Photography-by-Murry-Grigsby/Flowers/Wildflowers
 
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7/20/2015 10:57 AM
 

Rich & Murry, glad you enjoyed the pictures and I was thrilled to find the Mariposa Lily on the Columbine Trail.  I had photographed one on the mountain in Beaver Creek years ago, but one of the petals was torn.  I only saw two of them on the Columbine Trail.  Early summer is the best time to go if you want to see the lupines.  This year I went one week earlier than two years ago and saw more lupines.  Two years ago, I found more paintbrush and penstemon (a purple flower).  Both times the sunflowers were blooming.  The penstemon was mixed with the sunflowers two years ago and provided a beautiful color mixture.  I was pleasantly surprised to find more columbine this year, but saw some two years ago.  Apparently, the flowers peak in mid-July around Crested Butte, but lupines would mostly be gone except maybe in higher elevations.  Last year we went late in mid-August and found many yellow and purple daisies and some fireweed, which is really pretty and bright pink.  Fireweed comes out in mid-late July and lasts into August.  Crested Butte is a long drive (4 1/2 hours) from the Denver airport, but there are direct flights from Dallas and Houston to Gunnison, which is 20-30 minutes away.  Crested Butte offers so many hiking opportunities, so they are not all uphill and difficult.  There are several that are easily done and have beautiful flowers.  We did most of our hikes in the morning due to possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.  I almost got caught in a thunderstorm while I was up on the mountain on the Columbine Trail and had to get back quickly!

 
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