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Mount Flora

Intermediate

Trail

6.4 mile 10.2 kilometer out and back
78% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,754' 534 m
Descent: -1,753' -534 m
High: 13,078' 3,986 m
Low: 11,324' 3,452 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Follow the CDT to 360-degree views on a ridgeline run along the Continental Divide.

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Overview

Follow the CDT (plus a fun spur trail) to 360-degree views on a ridgeline run along the Continental Divide. At the beginning, a large parking lot with bathrooms and easy access right off Highway 40 between Idaho Springs and Winter Park makes access a breeze. The run can be shortened to just reach the ridgeline if desired (1.7 miles one way, 3.4 round-trip).

Description

This run offers a great option to see breathtaking Colorado mountain views, including multiple 14ers as well as Rocky Mountain National Park from a distance. It can also be shortened to just reach the Continental Divide ridgeline, which you reach 1.7 miles in.

Start at the Berthoud Pass parking lot. Follow the fire road up a couple of gradual and easy switchbacks. Keep an eye out for a small sign at the corner of one of the switchbacks for "Mt. Flora Trail" (really the CDT), which will take you off of the fire road and on a more direct route up to the ridgeline. At the sign, continue straight (north) on this aforementioned trail.

Once you reach the ridgeline, prepare for long-ranging views here on out. Turn left onto the ridgeline and follow the CDT upwards to the Mt. Flora summit. Take in the views, then backtrack down the way you came, for a grand total of ~6.4 miles.

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Nov 19, 2019
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Jul 4, 2018
Bryce Kerscher
I extended this run to the summit of James peak and back to Berthoud. Highly recommend this run, it should be in trail run project. 16.5mi
Jun 23, 2018
Kieran Nay
Two miles past Flora, absolutely stunning 10mi

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Blue Lake from the ridgeline
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Colorado Mines Peak weather station from the snowy ridgeline
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
CDT northbound to Mt Flora (top-right)
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Berthoud Pass from the trail coming back down
Oct 17, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Continental Divide Trail (CDT) at Flora Peak, Colorado
Jul 17, 2019 near Winter…, CO
On the trail with Mom
Jul 17, 2019 near Winter…, CO

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