For those who desire a short easy jaunt to preview a nice collection of about 50 different kinds of wildflowers, Gold Hill Trail is just right. In early summer this montane-zone hike produces an especially fine phlox display—an illusion of heat-proof snow. Glimpses of the Blue River valley surrounded by mountains are an added attraction. Shaded for the most part, Gold Hill Trail rises gently to a level meadow area. In the first half of June, calypso orchids hide here and there in forest duff, followed by flurries of phlox in July. The trail description here covers only the flowery portion of Gold Hill Trail, which is a small segment of the ambitious Colorado Trail. A longer hike can be achieved by ascending through “doghair” lodgepole pines to a clear-cut area and connecting with Miners Creek Trail. Wildflower Alert: Flurries of starry phlox are nature’s snow-in-summer on this short, early season trail between Frisco and Breckenridge.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Season||Bloom is June to August|
|Top Elevation||9,400 ft|
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