I’ve been hiking a lot this summer and exploring areas that are new for me. One of my hikes took me to Copley Lake, a trail not far out of the town of Crested Butte, but one that I’d still never been on before. I was pleasantly surprised.
With the beginning of summer starting out hot and dry, our wild flowers have been less plentiful than usual. But, the trail to Copley Lake had some of the best wild flowers I’ve seen all season.
Anyone know what the yellow or white flowers in this photo are? I’m still learning my wild flowers! I suspect the yellow-colored flower is some sort of Groundsel, but I’m unsure of the the white flowers. My friend Ann has reminded me that the purple one is Fire Weed.
Elevation profile and stats for the hike.
Google map and track.
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My stats say the hike is a little over 4.5 miles round trip. But, for those not walking along the lake for a bit, the round trip distance is 4 miles. All in all, I highly recommend this hike – it’s close to town, has fantastic wildflowers, the scenery is excellent near the lake, and the distance is relatively short.