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    Bristlecone Loop Trail

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    Very Easy
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    0.5 km
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    8 m
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    The Bristlecone Loop Trail is a wonderful family-friendly adventure in the Mount Goliath Natural Area. Hop out of the car and stretch your legs as you trek around the short loop. Learn more about the Colorado wilderness and the bristlecone trees from the interpretive signs that dot the path.

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    Route Description for Bristlecone Loop Trail

    Hike the short Bristlecone Loop Trail in the Mount Goliath Natural Area. Get the whole family out into the fresh air as you hike the short dirt trail around the alpine landscape. Admire the oddity of the Bristlecone pine trees and explore the surrounding wilderness.

    Begin your adventure around the Bristlecone Loop from the Mount Goliath Visitors Centre. You can complete the loop from either direction, but we went clockwise. Veer left on the Bristlecone Loop Trail and enjoyed the views of the unique trees. Continue around the loop, and you will eventually meet a junction. Here, stay right and merge onto the M. Walter Pesman Trail. Hike this path, and it will lead you back to the visitors’ centre. Ensure to admire the mountainous views from the center and surrounding area.

    Getting to the Bristlecone Loop Trail Trailhead

    The Bristlecone Loop Trail is located at the Mount Goliath Visitors Centre off Mount Evans Road.

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      Yes - On Leash

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