Every year, hundreds of thousands of motorists pass the unmarked trailhead of a floral treasure chest as they exit the Eisenhower Tunnel’s west portal. Over 100 species of wildflowers accompany the hikers’ climb of 1,350 vertical feet along Straight Creek, then up to an old wagon road that tops out on the Continental Divide. The first mile more or less follows the Straight Creek drainage north, and the second mile traverses an old abandoned wagon road on an east axis. The third week in July seems to be a magic time for catching peak bloom in the high country. It is also a time of afternoon thunderstorms. Plan to be back down by noon to avoid dangerous lightning activity, especially since this hike is above treelimit. Wildflower alert: A memorable “century” hike to the top of the tundra world on the Continental Divide.
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Directions to: Straight Creekprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Moderate to strenuous|
|Season||Bloom is July to August|
|Top Elevation||12,500 ft|
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