Snowmass Trails Perfect For Seeing Wildflowers

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Lupine

Published June 1, 2017

Of all the sights to see at Snowmass, few are as breathtaking as the annual bloom of wildflowers which occurs in June and July*. With so many trails, open spaces, and public lands in the Aspen Snowmass area, it can be hard to choose where to go to see optimal wildflowers. To make the choice easier, we've put together a list of our favorite locations in Snowmass to experience the wildflowers. Don't forget to bring a camera!

Summit & Sierra Club Trails

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass

Hiking at a moderate pace, this scenic route takes about an hour, following the Summit Trail and Sierra Club Trail downhill to the Elk Camp Restaurant where you can refuel for your next adventure. At the top, feel free to yodel at Maroon Bells (if you feel inclined), and then descend through subalpine meadows and stands of pine forest. Right now, the trail is riddled with lupine, mountain gentian, heartleaf arnica, foothills Indian paintbrush and even the rare red columbine, which thrives in shaded areas.

Trail Map
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Rabbit Run
Rabbit Run
A spur trail off the popular Sierra Club Trail, Rabbit Run is another option and will extend your hike from summit to mid-mountain by about 30 minutes. Of course, you can choose to linger longer on this route, as the stands of lupine and wild geranium are particularly dense at the moment. Also look for Horse Tails and the last remaining blooms of wild strawberry in the wetter areas.
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Vista Trail
Vista Trail
Winding in and out of the trees from mid-mountain to the base of Snowmass, the Vista Trail is flush with wildflowers at the moment. Give yourself an hour to full enjoy the blooms here, which include columbine, wild geranium and lupine.
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Snowmass Way
Snowmass Way
Another route to the base of Snowmass can be found along Snowmass Way. Allow an hour for this hike, which cruises through forested stretches and clearings, and where wild geranium, lupine and Colorado’s state flower — the columbine — can be spied at the moment. Also look for the yellow, daisy-like blooms of heartleaf arnica, which has medicinal properties that can relieve swelling and bruises when applied topically.
* Please note that wildflower blooms vary season to season based on many factors including rain, weather, annual snowfall from the previous season, etc.

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