Beat the summer heat with one of our best wildflower hikes in Utah’s most lovely wildflower alpines.
Tip: Remember to leave the wildflowers for others to enjoy. In some areas, picking wildflowers carries a heavy $500 fine per flower picked. Help preserve the alpine areas loveliness and take pictures not flowers.
Big Cottonwood: Brighton
The first time I saw the stunning alpine peaks at Brighton, I was a 12 year old camper ready for my first week away from home. This is where I fell in love with the outdoors.
The Brighton Lake trails to Mary, Martha, and Catherine are filled with wildflowers. It will take you a couple hours, but give you great rewards for your efforts.
If you’re in the mood for a drive, instead of stopping to hike the lakes, you may continue to the top of Guardsman Pass and from there you can view the wildflowers from your windows and head to either Park City or Heber City for a bite to eat.
Little Cottonwood Canyon: Albion Basin
This is a well-known place locals recommend, and is a must-see if you’re looking for wildflowers in August to early September. Some of the wildflowers you’re likely to see are forget-me-nots, bluebells, lupine, lemon drops, daisies, Indian paintbrush, wildrose, and columbine. You may even see a moose or two. Tip: Check out the Flower Gardeners Bible for more flower identification help.
Alpine Loop – Cascade Springs – Stewart Falls
The narrow and winding Alpine Loop stages some of the most stunning scenery in Utah. The locals flock to see the aspen and maple leaves in the Fall against the Mt. Timpanogos backdrop, but this is an oft forgotten treasure for summer wildflowers.
Cascade Springs: The Alpine Loop road turns to Cascade Springs. One should stop to walk around the boardwalks and short trails to take in the many fresh alpine springs and wildflowers.
Stewart Falls: Take the road back to the Alpine Loop and continue toward Sundance Resort and stop at the Sundance Nature Trail. This trail will take you to the base of Stewart Falls and give you one of my favorite views of Mt. Timpanogos.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks is a lesser known park in Southern Utah, but well worth the visit. It’s less crowded and still boasts of colorful hoodoos, lush meadows, and stunning wildflowers. In fact, every year, Cedar Breaks holds a Wildflowers Festival where one may take a guided tour with a wildflower specialist, pick up a wildflower checklist or a “What’s in Bloom” handout, or simply download their new “Wildflowers that Grow in Cedar Breaks” app for IOS or Android.
Get inspired, go home and plant some wildflower seeds!
Where are your favorite wildflower hikes?