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Mount Goliath Guided Wildflower Hike

Discover the life cycles and lore of the alpine tundra and the intense beauty of a natural garden that lasts only 40 frost-free days. This is a trail of contrasts--awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of the Continental Divide peaks, delicate floral treasures, wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines, cold summit winds and gentle summer breezes. The path winds through the exquisite blooms of the alpine tundra, talus slopes and subalpine meadows providing a delightful and educational tour in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural areas.

Mount Goliath docents lead the slow-paced hike down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail, a moderately difficult 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.


Ages: 10 years old and up


Price: Free

Donations to the Gardens are accepted.


Special instructions:

Although guided hikes are free of charge, you must pay the recreation area fee to the U.S. Forest Service at the Mount Evans Fee Station. A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area.

Please come prepared for mountain weather and trail terrain (shoes for hiking, coats, hats, sunscreen, etc.).

Transportation up to Mount Goliath is not provided.



Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

For more information, contact us at tours@botanicgardens.org

The Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area; questions not directly related to wildflower hikes should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

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