Bluebird / Ponderosa / Brother
West of Evergreen, Alderfer-Three Sisters, another great Jefferson County Open Space Park, has several trails in its 770 acres. June holds a special treat for wildflower enthusiasts at Alderfer-Three Sisters Park. Then, the meadows come alive with color, first filled with lavender wild iris. July follows with golden pools of meadow arnica. The Bluebird/Ponderosa/Brother Loop meanders through meadows, conifer forests, and aspen groves. Craggy rock outcroppings and bright wildflowers punctuate its 2.7-mile length. The loop turns a number of directions in its gentle circuit and includes one strong uphill segment that accesses the top of “The Brother” outcrop via a short spur. There, views materialize in every direction. Homesteaded in 1873, this scenic former ranch is full of wildlife and wildflowers today. The large level parking area on the park’s west boundary is adjacent to some ranch buildings. Wildflower alert: A sea of wild iris in June, changing to waves of gold meadow arnica in July.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Bloom is late May to September|
|Top Elevation||7,800 ft|
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