Top reasons to go on wildflower hikes in Summit County
Fill your camera’s memory card with photos of colorful landscapes
Marvel at the brilliantly-colored flowers in Colorado’s alpine settings
Revel in far-reaching views of mountains and valleys carpeted with alpine wildflowers
Filled to the brim with areas of exceptional beauty, Colorado is a dreamland for every nature enthusiast. Just under 1.5 hours away from Denver lies Summit County, a region packed with hiking objectives and photo opportunities. Spend your day on trails and lush valleys surrounded by sweet-scented alpine wildflowers, some native to the Centennial State. Along the way, you’ll come across mouth-watering views of valleys, craggy peaks, and small ponds. The hiking options include Boreas Pass near the Breckenridge area, Mayflower Gulch in the shadow of the Pacific Peak, Spruce Creek, and Upper Straight Creek, a hike that kicks off at 12,400 ft and climbs 1,200 ft to the Continental Divide. Your expert guides know all the secret stashes, so join them and learn more about the state flower of Colorado, the Colorado blue columbine, as well as about scarlett paintbrushes, bellflowers, and other flowers found in these alpine regions.
May through October
Denver, CO, is about 1.5-2 hours away from various locations
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Wildflower Hikes in Summit County
Make your way to Boreas Pass, Mayflower Gulch, Spruce Creek, or Upper Straight Creek, alpine areas in Colorado’s Summit County teeming with sweet-smelling wildflowers. Enjoy the views of wildflower-blanketed meadows, valleys, and towering peaks surrounding these hiking trails. Learn more about the Colorado blue columbine, alpine sunflower and other species of wildflowers, and make sure you bring your camera—it’s a crucial addition to your backpack.
Full-Day Wildflower Hikes in Summit County
If 4-5 hours doesn’t satisfy your hiking needs, head on a 6-8 hour wildflower hike in one of Summit County’s scenic alpine areas. Your hiking objectives include Boreas Pass, Mayflower Gulch, Spruce Creek, or Upper Straight Creek. Let a guide tell you more about wildflower species that these areas boast and soak up the views of mountains, ponds, and valleys overflowing with colorful wildflowers. Don’t forget to take your camera—you’ll definitely need it!
Meet your guide
Colorado Adventure Guides
I am spending a weekend relaxing in Breckenridge in the middle of a long business trip. I decided to book a 1:1 guided hike and what a great idea that was. The hike was exactly what I was looking for and took me to some places high above Boreas pass where I had never been before. The hike was challenging but within my ability. But most importantly, my guide, Susie, was just amazing. She has a beautiful heart, is just so kind and friendly, just knows so much about the mountains and was just a joy to hike with. Susie…. thank you.
Things to know
Covid measures in Summit County, Colorado
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Summit County, CO, please refer to Colorado’s COVID-19 Travel Guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
- 3% fees
What’s not included:
How fit do I need to be?
These guided wildflower hikes are suitable for hikers of all ages and ability levels. Your guide will modify the hikes so that everyone in the group can participate, but the hikes are for the most part pretty easy. You’ll have to walk on terrain with little elevation gain anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the chosen itinerary. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Trekking poles (available to rent)
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Close-toed shoes
- Synthetic t-shirt or long sleeve shirt
- Long pants or shorts
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these private hikes, the max. client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- Cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Hiking in Summit County can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
- Refunds will be honored for cancellations with more than 48 Hours PRIOR notice to trip start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.
- Rescheduling will be honored 48 HOURS prior to trip start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling.
- All activities are rain or shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserves the right to shorten or reroute activity in case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Summit County, most people fly into Denver International Airport just under 2 hours away from Summit County. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. Half-day tours depart at 8 am and 1 pm, while full-day tours start at 8 am. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.