M. Walter Pesman Trail (#50)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Beside wildflowers and Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine trees, hikers encounter rock steps on trail.

Length: 1.1 miles ONE-WAY

Elevation: 11,525 feet - 12,143 feet

Trail Description: This trail was aptly named in honor of the work performed by Walter Pesman, a renowned Denver landscape architect and author of a wildflower identification book titled Meet the Natives. This hike, also referred to as the Mount Goliath Trail, is a great wildflower hike through ancient bristlecone pine trees. There are two access points for this trail. The lower trailhead is located behind the nature center at the Mount Goliath Natural Area and goes up hill. The upper trailhead is located two miles up the road a the Upper Goliath Trailhead and goes downhill.

NOTE: Due to high elevation, the trails in some years are not generally snow-free until late June or mid-July.

View a COTREX trail map here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19. Learn more here.
  A $15 fee is required for the Mount Evans Recreation Area. America the Beautiful passes are accepted.
Usage: Light
Best Season: Hiking conditions are best from July through September.
  • No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites.
  • Dogs must be on leash.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs
Water: No
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Services and Idaho Springs Visitor Center; 303-567-4382; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 3 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.



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