August 3, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan

 

Mount Goliath, the northern shoulder of Mount Evans, located within the Arapaho National Forest, takes my breath away each time I visit. Denver Botanic Gardens has been offering 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 before winter sets in the alpine tundra. Denver Botanic Gardens offers free weekly guided tours to Mount Goliath and this week is the final week of tours. The last one will be offered on Thursday, August 6. Please call ahead (720-865-3539) to make reservations.

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