Bear Peak and Flower Season

The wet spring has delivered a great crop of wildflowers in the Flatirons. I trust you’ve been trail-running, hiking, and birding up there, so it’s probably no news to you. If you haven’t gotten out, though, try to make some time because there are columbines, arnica, blanketflowers, and tons more up there.

You can find columbines on shadier aspects in wetter areas.

I had the opportunity to see a bunch of different species during a guide day to hike Bear Peak via Fern Canyon, returning on the west ridge trail and down Bear Creek. The gents at Apex Expeditions booked me two clients and we had a good time snapping photos and hanging out. It had been a couple seasons since I grabbed the guidebook and geeked out identifying grasses and flowers.

Arnica (right?). Feel free to write in an correct my identifications!

The pasque-flowers are long gone and the lupine’s dried up, but you can still see plenty of other varieties. The falcons are also still hanging around their nesting sites, so I demand you call in well and get out for a hike!

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