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field of wildflowers


Vail’s vast alpine meadows and high, hidden country make the perfect setting for one of Colorado’s favorite summer pastimes: wildflower watching. Few things beat hiking high up on the Continental Divide or through shimmering aspen groves before seeing vibrant little flowers punctuate the trail’s edge, burst defiantly from the cracks between rocks.

Witness the high country in all its splendor during wildflower season, which usually marks the beginning of summer. Start your exploring with these unforgettable Vail wildflower hikes. 

Our Recommended Wildflower Hikes

wildflowers on shrine pass

Lost Lake Trail

During your initial climb, you'll make your way through fields of widflowers and tall grasses before arriving at a peaceful, glassy lake.

Length: 7.0 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 941 ft

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Shrine Ridge

This trail is heavily trafficked, and for good reason. Located near Red Cliff, this hike will lead you through some of the most beautiful fields of wildflowers in the Vail Valley.

Length: 4.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1030 ft

  1. Trail Guide

Wilder Gulch

Trek through fields of green interrupted only by towering trees and, you guessed it, colorful wildflowers. Enjoy just over seven miles of scenery and solitude.

Length: 7.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1289 ft

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Notch Mountain

This more challenging trail is recommended for those acclimated to altitude. You'll never forget eating lunch on top of a mountain surrounded by flowers.

Length: 8.9 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation Gain: 2857 ft

  1. Trail Guide