Mount Goliath

Mount Goliath

Here in this fragile alpine environment Denver Botanic Gardens oversees the highest cultivated garden in the U.S., managed in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. Experience a range of breathtaking views, from Rocky Mountain peaks to delicate alpine plants and ancient wind-sculpted bristlecone pines at Mount Goliath.

Mount Goliath is a peak high on the shoulders of Mount Evans located outside of Idaho Springs within the Arapaho National Forest. Here in this fragile alpine environment Denver Botanic Gardens oversees the highest cultivated garden in the U.S., managed in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. When the road is open, visitors can enjoy the garden, the Dos Chappell Nature Center and hike the M. Walter Pesman Trail. Amid grand mountain vistas, the 1.5 mile (one way) Pesman Trail winds through subalpine and alpine areas of bristlecone pines and wildflowers.

The road to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans is closed to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to the impacts from COVID-19. Here is more information.

Hikers should keep in mind:

  • The trail is steep and rocky and the elevation ranges from 11,540 to 12,100 feet.
  • Due to the mountain’s altitude and exposure, the weather is more extreme than Idaho Springs and can change rapidly. Be prepared for strong sun, cold, wind or rain.
  • It is important to stay on the trail and avoid stepping on plants.
  • Leave no trace: take only pictures, leave only footprints.
  • No bathroom facilities are available on the trail. The only restrooms are at the Dos Chappell Nature Center.

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