Telluride is a Wildflower Wonderland
Summer is a magical time in Telluride, especially August as it is the peak of wildflower season. High alpine meadows are covered in bright hues of fiery orange, deep purples, golden yellows and vivid pinks. This kaleidoscope of colors is a delectable visual feast. These are some of our favorite hikes to enjoy the wildflowers:
Hope Lake Nestled below jagged peaks, Hope Lake is a beautiful glacial blue. The moderate 7 mile hike winds through spruce and pine forest and across meadows speckled with bluebells, pink trumpets and white daisies.
Wasatch Connection The 2 miles up the Bear Creek Trail is the perfect warm-up for the Wasatch Connection. Close to the top of Bear Creek , get on the Wasatch Trail and enjoy the spectacular views and flowers as the trail climbs steeply up to top of the ski area.
Sneffels Highline is a classic Colorado hike that rises above tree line and tops out at a rocky saddle with incredible views. The back side of the hike often has waist high fields of wildflowers.
Silver Lake This 1. 6 mile (one way) hike is short and stout. It starts at the top of Bridal Veil Falls and crosses the river about 10 minutes up the road. The single track trail, lined with lots of wildflowers on either side, climbs steeply to the beautiful Silver Lake.
Ajax Standing high above the town of Telluride, Ajax Peak, serves as the picturesque backdrop at the end of the box canyon. The views from the top are as stellar as the wildflower fields you hike through.
Check out our video about hiking and enjoying the outdoors around Telluride. The lake in the video is Hope Lake