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Mount Flora

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 4.8 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.4

Miles

10.2

KM

Out and Back

13,078' 3,986 m

High

11,324' 3,452 m

Low

1,754' 534 m

Up

1,753' 534 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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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 (porta-potties due to COVID-19) 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).

Description

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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Shared By:

Cam Morton with improvements by Zach Novak

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  4.8 from 33 votes

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Photos

Colorado Mines Peak weather station from the snowy ridgeline
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Blue Lake from the ridgeline
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
CDT northbound to Mt Flora (top-right)
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Berthoud Pass from the trail coming back down
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Continental Divide Trail (CDT) at Flora Peak, Colorado
Jul 17, 2019 near Winter…, CO
On the trail with Mom
Jul 17, 2019 near Winter…, CO

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Dec 9, 2020
Jonatan Perez
11h 30m
Oct 5, 2020
Woody Curran
Great trail for a run. Super windy this afternoon 6.4mi — 1h 44m
Oct 4, 2020
Katie Ammon
beautiful trail! 5.6mi — 3h 20m
Sep 4, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Went to Flora then on to Eva and Parry Prak and back! Great day. Great weather.
Aug 28, 2020
Andy Rhoades
Aug 8, 2020
Robert Padgett
Good trail condition. Exposed most of the way. Fairly high winds and cool at the top in the AM. Beautiful views. 6.4mi — 2h 44m
Aug 7, 2020
Erin Andersen
Mileage includes jaunt over to Colorado Mines Peak and down the fire road 7.8mi — 4h 29m