M Walter Pesman Trail-Mount Goliath Natural Area

Evergreen, Colorado

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Mount Goliath Natural Area contains subalpine and alpine ecosystems along Mount Evans Road. The M. Walter Pesman Trail winds and climbs through an ancient bristle-cone pine forest (some trees are over 1,500 years old) in the Natural Area. It crosses alpine tundra with fantastic tiny wild?owers (peak bloom is in mid-July) to the upper trailhead. To return, hike a little higher on the Alpine Garden Loop 49 for spectacular 360-degree views, then rejoin the Pesman Trail. End your hike by exploring the Bristle-cone Loop Trail and Interpretive Gardens by the Dos Chappell Nature Center.

M. Walter Pesman Trail-Mount Goliath Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Goliath Natural Area contains subalpine and alpine ecosystems along Mount Evans Road. The M. Walter Pesman Trail winds and climbs through an ancient bristle-cone pine forest (some trees are over 1,500 years old) in the Natural Area.

It crosses alpine tundra with fantastic tiny wild?owers (peak bloom is in mid-July) to the upper trailhead. To return, hike a little higher on the Alpine Garden Loop 49 for spectacular
360-degree views, then rejoin the Pesman Trail. End your hike by exploring the Bristle-cone Loop Trail and Interpretive Gardens by the Dos Chappell Nature Center."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Evergreen
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 680 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best late June through September. Mount Evans Road is closed for the winter starting the first Monday in Oct or after the first major snowfall.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District, Idaho Springs Visitor Center, 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs; 303-567-4382; www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp
Local Maps: USGS Idaho Springs; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 104 Idaho Springs/Loveland Pass; Latitude 40°: Colorado Front Range Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to M. Walter Pesman Trail-Mount Goliath Natural Area

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