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    Alpine Garden Loop and M. Walter Pesman Trails

    Breckenridge, Colorado

    Alpine Garden Loop and M Walter Pesman Trails

    Alpine Garden Loop and M. Walter Pesman Trails Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "A child’s walk among tundra’s treasures followed by a downhill hike through a wind-sculpted forest is what makes this combination of trails a delight. The trail flanks the new Dos Chappell Nature Center, perhaps the highest and best of its kind. It is named for the founder of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    The trail begins just off the highway adjacent to the trail sign. The field of rocks here is called a fell field, where in early summer hikers are likely to find alpine forget-me-nots, a mat of tiny sky-blue flowers with yellow centers. To demonstrate why flowers in this area are short, have the kids feel and compare the power of wind when standing tall and when crouched low, like the flowers. Please stay on the trail; plants may grow less than a quarter inch during the brief season."

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    Best Hikes with Kids Colorado

    Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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    Trail Type
    30-90 minutes
    12,152 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    12,140 feet
    Top Elevation
    For current conditions and more information, contact the Clear Creek Ranger District,;owers/regions/rockymountains or (303) 567-3000
    Local Contacts
    Mount Evans Wilderness (brochure of area available at entrance station); USGS Clear Creek, USGS Mount Evans
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