It’s officially wildflower season in Colorado’s mountains. And, as is so often the case, we decided to heed the advice of Tom Petty:
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
So off we headed to Devil’s Thumb Trailhead near-ish Winter Park. Nestled in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Arapaho National Forest, the trail is very legitimately labelled difficult. About 8 miles out and back, the trail gains over 2,200 feet in elevation from start to finish.
You’ll head over the river,
Through the woods,
And past a pond or two,
But grandmother’s doily-lined house is not your destination.
Oh no, instead you’ll be treated to a sensory overload of Colorado’s finest wildflowers.
There are Colorado Blue Columbines in their natural habitat…
So don’t be afraid to stroll through for a closer look.
Last one. Promise.
Keep heading up, up, and away. Pausing momentarily to catch your breath, and take in your surroundings.
Because you’ll want to make it all the way up, where you’ll enjoy an “on top of the world” feeling and a fantastic view of Devil’s Thumb Lake.
11,682 feet up never looked so good!