Fourth of July Trailhead above Eldora (Boulder County)
My plan -- to share the best of this season's wildflowers -- has turned into more of a task than I'm up for. So other than the top picture from Boulder County's best trail, these are all from Butler Gulch. Since the Butler Gulch trail leads to flowered meadows above tree line, it is similar to the high country flower areas that are too far to drive in a day. This one is 150 miles round trip, but since most of it is interstate, it takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the parking area--about the same time it takes to reach most trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is about 80-90 miles rt.
I went by myself, but was accompanied back down the trail by a young Korean man from Denver, who let his five friends continue their run toward the parking lot without him. He had the car keys so didn't worry about them leaving him.
And though taking pictures of myself doesn't bring the best result, this gives you a sense of the fields and how delighted I was to be there!
|And there were these lovely yellow-green ones too.|
|A close-up of the rose paint brush behind me.|
And the stream--near one of the crossings--and there are three. On this trail, it's guess how you can get across without getting water in your boots. And I did it--barely!
Do notice that the new photo for the blog is also up high on the Butler Gulch meadows. I sat among the flowers and ate lunch. I hope you feel as if you have been somewhat with me on this wonderful hike.