Flower Springs Trail is an excellent option for hikers looking to experience the diversity of the Northern Rockies region. The totality of the moderate to difficult hike will take users through rich alpine vistas, past blue lakes, and up and over cascading waterfalls all while being surrounded by intriguing geological formations overhead with wild blooms at your feet.
The most common pathway is to head in at the trailhead just south of the Summit Lake Campground. Here you will find a tower road closed off by a red gate. This is the fastest route into the alpine trailhead. From the Alaska Highway, follow the tower road for 2 kilometers until you reach the Flower Springs Trail kiosk.
The Flower Springs Trail starts just behind the trailhead kiosk off of the tower road. The first few kilometers will take hikers across lowland bog areas before leading up and over a series of moraines left from retreating glaciers that were once prominent in this area. Past this point lies Flower Springs Lake, where a well worn trail leads down its shore. Many people choose to turn around at this point.
For those looking for a longer excursion, continue down the lake toward the inflow creek. Staying right and following this creek will lead hikers up and over a series of cascading waterfalls and to a good viewpoint of the first lake looking back toward the Alaska Highway. Continuing up the creek bed will lead to the upper lakes area offering up two additional alpine lakes with abundant wildflower blooms in peak season.
Special Notes: This area, like most in Stone Mountain Provincial Park is an active wildlife corridor. Keep and eye out for mountain caribou and stone sheep in the upper lakes area. The trailhead also offers great signage and information pertaining to the area.