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Wildflowers near Crested Butte
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07-17-2010, 06:33 PM James Hager
It's that time of the year again for wildflowers in the high country of Colorado.

We're staying near Crested Butte now and went over Schofield Pass this morning and then hiked out the West Maroon Pass trail. About a mile in, there is an incredible field of wildflowers: Mountain Bluebells, Blue Columbine, Blue Flax, Larkspur, Red Paintbrush, Yellow Paintbrush, Cow Parsnip, and Monument Plant. The columbines, flax, and paintbrush were approaching peak, and the larkspur was just getting good.

The area between Schofield Pass and Paradise Divide was loaded with Elephant Heads and Yellow Paintbrush. There were still a few Glacier Lily to be had too.

On your way to the Crested Butte area you might want to go over Cottonwood Pass west of Buena Vista. As of Wednesday, there were good wildflowers near the top of the pass on both sides for portrait work. Further down the west side, the forest floor was covered with lupines, and they are probably near peak this weekend.

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