Copper Mountain, CO
Prospectors filed mining claims on all sides of superbly scenic Mayflower Gulch. Even today there is activity in the basin. The historic Boston Mine’s log buildings, including one that recently burned, anchor the rich valley. Once, gold and other precious metals put Mayflower Gulch on every assayists’ tongue. Today gold is but one of a trove of colors the wildflower treasure seeker will find on this congenial hike. Soaring mountains, including several of Colorado’s numerous “thirteeners,” surround the flower-strewn basin. The trail follows an old road wide enough for side-by-side conversation. Bright pockets of subalpine flowers, including a couple of unusual ones, flourish. A prime-time visit would be around the third or fourth week of July when about six dozen wildflower species are in bloom. Wildflower Alert: A bonanza of wildflowers are everywhere in this peak-ringed amphitheater, and you’ll discover a veritable goldmine of paintbrush.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Copper Mountain|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Bloom is July through August|
|Top Elevation||11,560 ft|
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