M. Walter Pesman Trail (#50)


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

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 called 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 at a small parking lot (Upper Goliath Trailhead) and goes downhill.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24/7 when the road is open
Rentals & Guides: Denver Botanic Gardens provides wildflower hikes
Fees The standard amenity recreation fee is required at Mount Goliath Natural Area, Summit Lake Park, and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site and passes are valid for all of three fee sites. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.  Vehicle Pass (1-12 occupants) is $10 for a three day pass.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet at Mount Goliath Natural Area
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

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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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles (one way)

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