Didnt get to Flora because of weather closing in, but the view from Colorado Mines Peak was great. RMNP to the north and some of the Front Range 14ers to the south. Going to have to head back to get Flora soon
My buddy Lee and I arrived in Colorado on Saturday the 20th from Cincinnati. The very next day we headed to Berthoud Pass to bag a summit (whatever looked good). Little did we know that after tagging the summit, hanging around for a bit and taking pictures, a swift moving blizzard would blow in and blind us on decent.
Luckily we ran into a local snowboarder who was riding it out and he pointed us in the right directions. Hell of a time!!
After my wife, Katie, and I had hiked Bancroft, Parry and Eva, she descended the Chinn's Lake basin back to Fall River and I continued on to Flora. Great summit with no one to be seen. I also climbed Witter on the way back to the TH.
Climbed Flora as the first peak in a long shuttle from Berthoud to Rollins Pass.
Nice peak after a good climb up witter. Had a little land slide issue when decending down the skree field down to Ethel lake. My first time seeing those white game birds (still cant remember the name). Got really close to some big horn sheep.
The divide socked in as we rushed from the summit. We were pelted with corn-snow and rushed back below the ridge on the western slopes, through some snowfields, to avoid the lightning potential on top of the ridge.
My wife and I decided to drive up and see how the conditions looked. It turned out to be a great hike to the summit of Colorado Mines on awesome snow. The views were limited to almost nothing and we decided to forgo Flora until another day. Winds were high and cold.
I climbed Mt Flora first, then bagged Mines on the way back to the pass. The weather looked a little threatening, but all we got were a few scads of fluffy hail.
I am still not sure I reached the true summit of Flora. I went as far as the summit where the trail descends towards Breckenridge Peak. This summit is shown as Mt Flora on the maps (unless I'm reading it wrong), but there is a point on the ridge to the northeast that definitely looks higher. I wanted to go over that way, just in case, but the weather didn't look very good.
The first in a series of peaks for the day. Provided great views of the Continental Divide.
very nice alpine ridge walk - great to do probably any time of year depending on your tolerance for wind and cold.
October 8 2015
On the way back from taking a test in Denver, I made a quick run up Colorado Mines Peak. It was a beautiful day and warm for the time of year. I only had to walk through a little snow.
December 4 2009:
Today I climbed Colorado Mines Peak alone. I was hoping to climb Flora as well, but didn’t make it.
It was “pleasantly chilly” below timberline and it wasn’t that cold when climbing, but above timberline, it was very windy. By the time I was above 12,000 feet the wind was screaming across the Continental Divide. I found out that my new winter pants aren’t as warm as my other ones and it was pretty chilly. I estimated the wind was at 30-50 mph on the upper slopes, but some gust could have been higher.
I struggled to the summit, but once on the summit, I didn’t stay long. I recorded the temperature at -4F, which would put the windchill at -37F (-61F on the old windchill chart!). Unfortunately, I went to adjust my goggles and accidentally loosened my hat which the wind quickly stole and sent it flying towards Denver, Kansas or wherever. I long gave up the thought of climbing Flora so I took some photos from the summit of Colorado Mines Peak and headed back down.
August 3 2003:
With wife and 14.5 month old son. Son and wife stayed at Colorado Mines Peak while I quickly went up to Flora.