M. Walter Pesman Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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M. Walter Pesman Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This hike, also referred to as the Mount Goliath Trail, is a great wildflower hike through ancient bristlecone pine trees. There are two access points for this trail. The lower trailhead is located behind the nature center at the Mount Goliath Natural Area and goes up hill. The upper trailhead is lo

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17 days ago

This is not a loop, it is around 2.7 miles (total) up and back. It is a beautiful hike heading up over tree line, with wonderful pine scent and beautiful views. I hiked this backpacking my 2 year old which made it more difficult but overall not a difficult hike. Lots of rocks and roots on the path.

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1 month ago

Great hike for our family and dog. Perfect for the 8 and 10 year old kids.

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1 month ago

Nice trail with beautiful views and a relatively easy incline. Pair with the Alpine Garden Loop near the summit to get panoramic views.

1 month ago

Too much snow and the hike itself should be classified as easy. Probably more suited for people from out of town.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Beautiful views.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Quick easy hike. I arrived at 6:30 a.m. and finished the entire trail in an hour with not another soul to be seen, it was very serene. There are PARK FEES, so get there before normal operating hours to avoid paying a lot of money for such a short hike.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This is a short, fun hike that takes you through varied terrain of bristlecone pines, wildflowers and rocks. It has great views of Chief Mtn & the foothills to the east and Mt Evans to the west. You get treated to great views of the Mt Evans area when you cross the high point of the hike at an elevation of about 12,200 ft. On a Monday morning in July at about 9:10am, parking at the lower trailhead was not a problem. By 11am, the parking area was crowded but people seem to come an go.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

This trail is awesome. It's a good workout while not too difficult, and you reward is some of the best alpine views to be seen. You start off in an area filled with forest and wildflowers, followed by dramatic rock fields that require very light scrambling. Make sure to keep a look out for the marmots sunbathing and standing guard on the massive boulders! Make sure to dress so you're warm because wind is certainly a factor at this altitude.

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Starting at the Mount Goliath Nature Center my friend and I took the Pesman Trail. Although it was rocky with lots of roots, I considered it an easy trail. Using hiking poles were a plus. The sights and shapes of the Bristlecone trees were amazing. Meet very few hikers. We were fortunate enough to have several deer pointed out to us by another hiker, that we wouldn't have seen. Wasn't aware of the Alpine garden Loop and time didn't permit to take that trail. It was another beautiful Colorado experience.