The M. Walter Pesman Trail is named after a well-known Denver landscape architect, and author of the wildflower identification book “Meet the Natives”. The trail is also sometimes referred to as the Mount Goliath Trail, as it’s found in the Mount Goliath Natural Area. This trail is dog-friendly, and is known for its diverse variety of wildflowers and ancient bristlecone pine trees. If you’re looking for some gorgeous scenery and a way to spend some quality time outdoors with your pooch, this trail may be just what you’re looking for!
The Mount Goliath Natural Area is just a 30 minute drive south of Idaho Springs, Colorado. After driving about 12 miles down Highway 103, turn onto Highway 5, Mount Evans Road. This road is closed during the winter and during inclement weather, so it’s wise to contact the Clear Creek Ranger District to confirm before heading out. Between 8:00 am and 6:30 pm, there is a $10 per vehicle fee. This gives you a three day pass and access to the Mount Goliath Natural Area, Summit Lake Park, and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site.
There are two different ways to start your adventure with your best pal on M. Walter Pesman Trail. One option is to start at the trailhead just behind the Mount Goliath Natural Area Visitors Center and head uphill. Another trailhead is located 2 miles up Mount Evans Road and heads downhill. Both trailheads have parking.
Along the trail, you and your pooch can enjoy some fresh mountain air in subalpine and alpine areas. There is a backdrop of great mountain vistas, and lovely flowers along the trail. If you’re coming from the visitors center, it starts off steep, but the trail is relatively smooth with only occasional rocky areas.
Dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed and follow proper petiquette. Don't forget to bring some drinking water and food for you and your dog, as well as clean up bags.
The M. Walter Pesman Trail is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!