August 27, 2020
Peak wildflower season in Colorado is mid to late July, so we scheduled a big hike to see the beauty of Devil's Thumb Lake at the perfect moment this summer. We cataloged all the wildflowers we saw (using this handy Colorado wildflower guide) and came up with a grand total of 35 specimens! We've documented & photographed them for you in this blog post. Hope you enjoy!
Indian Peaks Wilderness is the region you'll be hiking in to reach Devil's Thumb Lake, and this trail happens to rank as one of Colorado's best wildflower hikes (check out the full list here). This area is known for pristine forests interspersed with lush grassy meadows and tiny braided streams. The perfect environment for wildflower bounty, and a great spot to visit... especially if you're not able to make it all the way to Crested Butte, which is widely regarded as the wildflower capital of Colorado.
Pictured above, left to right: 1. Marsh Marigold, 2. Showy Jacob's Ladder, 3. Avalanche Lily, 4. Giant Red Indian paintbrush, 5. Mariposa Lily, 6. Wild Rose, 7. Larkspur, 8. Geyer Onion, 9. Elephant's Head
Pictured above, left to right: 1. Mountain Death Camas, 2. Kings' Crown, 3. Globeflower, 4. Pygmy Bitterroot, 5. Showy Locoweed, 6. Mountain Blue Violet, 7. Small Flowered Penstemon, 8. Western Wallflower, 9. Black Sedge
Giant Red Western Indian Paintbrush
White Indian paintbrush
Mountain Blue Violet
Rocky Mountain Iris
Small Flowered Penstemon
King's Crown (stonecrop)
Here's the Wildflower field guide we used. And an excellent online wildflower identification resource is this website: Colorado's Wildflower
We finally reached Devil's Thumb Lake at 11,500 ft and were greeted by lush green meadows filled with wildflowers of all types. Heaven!
If you need more wildflowers in your life, check out our roundup of our Top 8 Colorado Wildflower hikes here.
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The majesty of Colorado's Sawatch Range. Words & photography by Wilder Ruth.