June 22, 2016 | Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives


Mount Goliath, the northern shoulder of Mount Evans and located within the Arapaho National Forest, takes my breath away each time I visit. Denver Botanic Gardens has been offering free guided hikes of the M. Walter Pesman Trail for many years. In addition, we maintain the highest constructed alpine rock garden at this location.

As one wanders through the trail, one can witness numerous alpine wildflowers along with one of the most accessible stands of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pines (Pinus aristata), some of them over 1,500 years old.


If you haven’t been up to Mount Goliath, this is the perfect time to get up there. Denver Botanic Gardens offers free weekly guided hikes on Mount Goliath on select dates June through August. Please register online or email tours@gbotanicgardens.org to make reservations. A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the U.S. Forest Service Mount Evans Recreation Area. Visitors to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans need to pay the recreation area fee at the fee station. 



Mt Goliath

Wow, it is so beautiful up there. I have looked through some more photos and it seems like Mount Goliath is a fantastic place. I hope I will be able to visit it one day.

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