Since my husband and I started hiking more last year, we've listened to many rave reviews about the trails, scenery, and wildflowers around Crested Butte. So, we took a short trip to the Wildflower Capital of Colorado to check it out! Unfortunately we didn't have the ideal weather while there - no hiking for me with any lightning even remotely close! On our second morning there was only some low lying clouds, so we were able hike Farris Creek Trail before our journey home (I had read an article by a local hiking group that there was good wildflower viewing there).
Farris Creek Trail is a few miles from Crested Butte, in the South Crested Butte area. If coming from Crested Butte turn left on Cement Creek Road (#740) and drive two miles to the trailhead. It's on the left (north) side of the road with parking directly across the road.
The trail is narrow and steep with many switchbacks. We saw quite a few families... but be prepared for tired kiddos with this climb! 😉 After about 15-20 minutes or so you'll see "caves" to explore...a good excuse to catch your breath. In a fairly short distance you'll have climbed almost 1000 feet - definitely a workout! Once you reach about 10,000 feet you'll be walking through meadows and aspen groves... with terrific views of the surrounding mountains! We were there mid July (normally peak wildflower season) and saw beautiful blooming tall yellow flowers (I'm not a wildflower expert... but looked like small sunflowers 😉 ). On this hike, we learned our lesson that we should be carrying bug spray with us (guess bear spray doesn't work on the flies! ;)) and long sleeves. Some locals on the trail told us it's an unusual year there with the amount of mosquitos and flies. We didn't let this put a damper on enjoying the flowers, views and fresh air!
Even though my husband and I live in the mountains of Colorado, this was my first hike (and visit) in the Crested Butte area during summer. It truly is spectacular! Looking forward to trying more hikes there in the future!
Until the next adventure - bon voyage!