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Alpine Garden Loop

Mount Goliath Natural Area, Colorado

The Alpine Garden Loop, easily accessible from the Mount Evans Highway, winds through the high altitude world of mountain peaks, tundra flowers, and windblown boulders—the jumble of rocks found here is called a fellfield, a community of dwarfed, scattered plants or grasses thriving among the scree above timberline.

Views of the Chicago Lakes Basin, Mount Evans, and three peaks to the east: Chief Mountain, Squaw Peak, and Papoose Mountain dominate the landscape from the trailhead—leaving the highway, the half-mile trail loops around a rocky summit, to intersect with the Pesman Trail at about 0.3-mile. For a longer trek, follow it to descend into a stand of bristlecone pines near the Dos Chappell Nature Center.

For those wishing to enjoy the short loop, simply continue past the intersection along the Alpine Garden trail to further enjoy the landscape, before arriving back at the Mount Evans Highway.

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