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Mount Flora

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6.4 mile 10.2 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,754' 534 m
Descent: -1,753' -534 m
High: 13,078' 3,986 m
Low: 11,324' 3,452 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Follow the CDT to 360-degree views on a ridgeline hike along the Continental Divide.

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Overview

Follow the CDT (plus a fun spur trail) to 360-degree views on a ridgeline hike along the Continental Divide. At the beginning, a large parking lot with bathrooms and easy access right off Highway 40 between Idaho Springs and Winter Park makes access a breeze. The hike can be shortened to just reach the ridgeline if desired (1.7 miles one way, 3.4 round-trip).

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This hike offers a great option to see breathtaking Colorado mountain views, including multiple 14ers as well as Rocky Mountain National Park from a distance. It can also be shortened to just reach the Continental Divide ridgeline, which you reach 1.7 miles in.

Start at the Berthoud Pass parking lot. Follow the fire road up a couple of gradual and easy switchbacks. Keep an eye out for a small sign at the corner of one of the switchbacks for "Mt. Flora Trail" (really the CDT), which will take you off of the fire road and on a more direct route up to the ridgeline. At the sign, continue straight (north) on this aforementioned trail.

Once you reach the ridgeline, prepare for long-ranging views here on out. Turn left onto the ridgeline and follow the CDT upwards to the Mt. Flora summit. Take in the views, then backtrack down the way you came, for a grand total of ~6.4 miles.

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Aug 20, 2019
John Griffiths
Carried on just past Flora for the views down to Ethel Lake below. 6.8mi — 3h 10m
Jul 23, 2019
S M
Jul 20, 2019
R Lee
Jul 12, 2019
Vincent Chiu
Took the wrong fork, went up to the radio station and had to link back up to the actual trail. Turned around because I was getting too light headed… 4.8mi — 2h 30m
Jul 11, 2019
Ben Bayer
Jul 6, 2019
Eric Abraham
Hiking with Rick Jerabek
Jun 29, 2019
Samuel Canuto
Snow and mud at the first part of the trail. Then, a good way until a big patch of snow. Some rocks through the way. The summit is amazing with 3… 6.8mi — 8h 00m
Jun 28, 2019
Matthew Ballard

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