Mt. Flora  
Condition Updates  
Route: Summer trail from Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-25, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Very brief sections of mud between treeline and CO School of Mines Peak saddle. Carrying any sort of winter gear would be an unnecessary exercise in character building. Friendly reminder that the "real" (8-10' higher) summit is the hump to the north of where the obvious trail ends at the sign. 
Route: Berthoud Pass to Loch Lomond
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: Carl_Healy
Info: Shuttle hiked across the Continental Divide from Berthoud Pass (Colorado Mines Peak) to Loch Lomond (Mt. Bancroft). For conditions between the other peaks see those respective updates. A note for all legs is that we carried spikes, snowshoes, crampons, and ice axes the whole way but never *really* needed them. Also gnarly cornices everywhere, and weather was surprisingly nice: temps in the 40s and winds often below 10 MPH until at least Parry Peak. No issues really hiking up the snow covered road from Berthoud Pass to Colorado Mines Peak. Snow pretty firm all the way to summit (started around 5:00 AM) and of course the trail is popular enough to have a good bootpack. Beyond Colorado Mines to Flora the ridge was dry enough to avoid most snow fields and the ones that we couldn't were firm enough or not deep enough to be a problem. 
Route: From Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: cougar
Info: Colorado Mines Peak is still coated in soft snow. The road up was packed to above treeline, then ski tracks. Less defined above with just one set of bootprints. From the summit of CO Mines to Flora, there's a lot less snow, and the ridge is wind scoured in most places. Ridge to Eva looked about the same. I returned over Mines instead of sidehilling the slippery bypass, and followed the utility lines straight down. Some postholing below treeline. Carried snowshoes but didn't use them. Spikes were useful on Mines for a part following a skin track. I'd expect the route past Mines to be mostly melted out in a few days, but still sloppy lower. Still good coverage for skiing, saw a couple dropping into the basin. Almost no one up there, so don't expect a solid path through snow, just a few tracks. 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-17, By: zootloopz
Info: Snow lingering below treeline. Snowshoes not necessary, but could be helpful as things warm up moving forward. The CDT still has snow, which is easily avoided by following the powerlines up Colorado Mines Peak. Was able to cut across the north face around 12,300'. Easy stroll from there over to Flora. Beautiful day, beautiful views. 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-14, By: Laxer04
Info: Climbed via Berthoud Pass. There is still a good amount of snow below tree line but we didn't need snowshoes or traction. The north face of Colorado Mines peak is mostly snow covered - if going around Colorado Mines Peak I would bring traction and an axe. A fall there would not be fun. The rest of the snow past Colorado Mines Peak is avoidable. Near summer conditions. Enjoy! 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-04-16, By: csf-lhiver
Info: Started around 5:30 AM. Snow shoes recommend to Colorado Mines Peak. The rest of the way to Flora you don't need them. Snow is on the trail but not snowshoe worthy. Traversed to Mount Eva and Parry Peak (conditions posted for those as well) 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2022-01-22, By: NittanyLion14er
Info: From Berthoud Pass lot. Could wear snowshoes to about tree line but after not needed. Used spikes for whole trip. Trail discernable about 70% of time once on ridge, buried other 30%, some snow drifts to knee deep. Made to Flora and turned around due to wind and cold. 
Route: Berthoud pass
Posted On: 2022-01-15, By: jbealer
Info: Leave the snowshoes at home. About 500ft of boot packing till you hit dirt. We did wear spikes, but up to you if you want to or not. Super windy and cold but great trail all the way, had enough of the weather and turned around after flora, eve was super easy to get to if you wanted. Whole ridge is just patches of snow. 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-12-03, By: cliffjar
Info: Berthoud pass is extremely accessible. The service road up to the trail split is walkable with just hiking boots. After the colorado mines trail split, the trail is just a boot track. Easy to follow for most of the way. I used microspikes after trail split for maybe 1.5 miles. Snow is deep if it's there. The last miles or so of trail was basically dry. 
Route: From Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-11-21, By: bangerth
Info: There is continuous snow all the way up to the upper turn off the road to the station atop Colorado Mines Peak, but it is packed and occasionally loose, but never slippery -- neither flotation nor traction needed. From there along the ridge, over Flora, all the way to Eva there is a thin layer of snow on the trail/landscape but never deep enough to warrant snow shoes, nor icy enough to warrant microspikes. That is because the trail is always on the western side of the ridge, so it is wind blasted. There are quite substantial cornices forming on the eastern/downwind side of the ridge though, and one is probably wise to stay off larger areas of snow along the ridge. On the way back, we took the shortcut across the steep slope on the northern and western slopes of Colorado Mines Peak, starting at the saddle between CMP and Mt Flora. Along the northern side, the trail slopes and is hard packed, making it a bit slippery at times. Getting out the microspikes might have helped, but we were tired and made do without. On the western side, around treeline, the snow suddenly gets very deep and a lot of postholing ensued; the trail is also lost quickly as the wind apparently deposits large amounts of snow over it right after someone else makes a trail. So we made our way over to the (lower) intersection with the zig-zagging road, but then ended up just plunge-stepping all the way back down to the parking lot. There is at present probably little avalanche danger on that shortcut trail from material sliding higher up, given that the northern and western slopes of CMP are pretty windblown. But there is a lot of material accumulating at around the elevation of the trail itself, and it will not take much longer before that slope will have enough deep snow and will become unsafe to traverse, given its slope. There are already 2-3 feet of snow just above the parking lot. Conditions up high in general were as usual in the winter: unrelenting wind, blowing snow that exfoliates every bit of unprotected skin, and wind chill below 0F. Come prepared. 
Route: From Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: joannalee07
Info: Hiked on 6/5, started at 6am. The temperature was already 45 degrees at this time so post holing wasn't avoided by starting early. There is lingering snow for the first 1.5 miles. On the mining road it's packed and stable, once you get off the mining road onto Mt. Flora trail the snow is very deep and we were post holing every couple of steps, sometimes as deep as our waist. Once you get around the curve the snow fades away. The remainder of the hike to the summit is clear of snow. We got lucky with beautiful weather and no wind, it took us 4 hours. 
Route: Southwest Ridge from Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-05-27, By: mijoflynn
Info: Took the road up to CO Mines Peak -- there was consistent packed snow below treeline, but the only snow above treeline was on the road itself. The ridge from CO Mines to Flora is about 90% clear, and the snow at the top of Flora doesn't require any special effort. Took the bypass down. It's still got lots of snow all the way from the Mines/Flora saddle to the trailhead, but it was surprisingly crunchy when I descended at 11:00 -- I didn't posthole at all. Microspikes were handy on the descent, but you could get along without them. 
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Route: Standard
Posted On: 2021-04-18, By: Brittanyjomad
Info: Hiked this the morning of 4/18 after the 10+ inches of snow fall. Packed path through the switch backs in the trees. We were able to follow ski tracks for a while once we exited Colorado Mines path and onto the trail to Flora, but once we rounded the corner where you can see the false summit we were breaking trail/ Snowshoes were 100% needed today or we would not have been able to get as far as we did. The most difficult spot was the traverse along the ~28 degree slope from miles 1.4- 1.8- these are estimates (mile markers on the way up). Make sure you stay high enough on the slope & check for avvy risks as this is really the only section that has potential risk of you are too low on the mountain. We made it 2.5 miles into the trail (still over half a mile from the summit) when clouds descended making visibility very low & temps dropped making us decide to turn around. Winds were very minimal which is always a pleasant surprise on Flora. 
Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: tcphoto87
Info: Snow was pretty packed and spikes were plenty, never needed to use my snowshoes. Up higher there were some short sections where it was all dry though. I originally wanted to add on Eva and Parry, I went a bit past Flora to where it dips down to a low saddle and decided I wasn't feeling it lol. Massive cornices along the east sides too. I added on CO Mines Peak on the way back, total it was 9.23 miles and 2,546ft gain 
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Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2021-01-24, By: habaceeba
Info: 10am start. The morning started off sunny with light wind. As I rounded Colorado Mines Peak the clouds started moving in from the SW, wind died down and snow started falling as I was working my way down the ridge. Visibility was never an issue, but it did cause me to think that the true summit was further down the ridge than the true summit so I got a little more vert in than necessary. I did not take snowshoes and it wasn't much of an issue. The road up is packed pretty well by snowshoes and skis. I brought microspikes but never pulled them out, but they would have been nice for a few sections on the way down. I recommend leg gaiters. I descended the cutover route under the N slope of CM Peak and it tested my nerve on the slope angle, but it wasn't a problem today. I would avoid that if there was more snow. 
Route: Colorado Mines Pk
Posted On: 2021-01-03, By: Sbenfield
Info: Zig zagged the road up Colorado Mines & then over to Flora. I'd do this instead of the bypass around the side. Didn't need spikes or snowshoes. 
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Route: Standard
Posted On: 2021-01-01, By: Ryspriggs92
Info: Trenched. Only spikes needed. 
Route: Colorado Mines Peak
Posted On: 2020-12-29, By: angry
Info: Ascended via Colorado Mines Peak. Good trench to tree line. Small drifts along ridge. Did not use flotation. Never punched through more than a foot and a half. Spikes helped on the slippery bits. Wind wasn't too bad. Route to Eva did not appear safe. 
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Route: Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: Paterclimber
Info: Snow-covered from Berthoud Pass around the northwest shoulder of Colorado Mines Peak. Microspikes or poles would be helpful. Postholing occurred in some spots. From the saddle between Mines and Flora all the way to Flora's summit, there is very little snow. 
Route: via Berthoud Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Linked Flora, Eva, and Parry from Berthoud Pass. Actually one significant snowfield in between the 11700 road turnoff and the saddle with CM Peak. A slip would take you for a ride. Can avoid it by crossing the snow above the trail a bit. Summer conditions otherwise. 

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