Mount Goliath is a mountain peak section of the Mount Evans natural area located outside of Idaho Springs within the Arapaho National Forest. Visitors to this fragile alpine environment can experience the highest cultivated garden in the U.S. (managed by Denver Botanic Gardens in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service), enjoy the Dos Chappell Nature Center or hike the M. Walter Pesman Trail. The Pesman trail winds through subalpine and alpine areas where wildflowers and animals live amid grand mountain vistas and the sculptured, grizzled beauty of the bristlecone pines.

If you want to learn more about wildflowers, come up to Mount Goliath from late June through the beginning of August. Gardens docents will be present on Tuesday (except July 4), Thursday and Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hike the 1.5-mile Pesman Trail on a Tuesday or Thursday in July (except July 4), 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and you will encounter docents along the trail who share knowledge of wildflowers, ecology and more. On these dates a free shuttle will run on regular intervals between the Dos Chappell Nature Center (11,540 ft.) and the top of the Pesman Trail (12,100 ft.) to allow for a one-way hike.

Hikers should keep in mind:

  • The trail is steep and rocky.
  • It is important to stay on the trail and avoid stepping on plants.
  • Take only pictures; leave only footprints.
  • Late June through early August are the best times for wildflower viewing.
  • No bathroom facilities are available on the trail. The only restrooms are at the Dos Chappell Nature Center.

All visitors to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans need to pay the recreation amenity fee at the fee station. Access to Mount Goliath is weather dependent – please contact the Clear Creek Ranger District to find out if the road to Mount Evans is open. Summit open Memorial Day through Labor Day only (weather permitting). Mount Goliath does not have live weather updates, but is near Idaho Springs. However, please be aware that due to the mountain’s altitude and exposure, it may be significantly colder or windier than Idaho Springs.