Hiking with Mountain Area Land Trust 

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."  - John Muir

MALT will be offering free guided nature walks again in 2018 to Beaver Brook Watershed near Evergreen, CO, Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, CO and Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen, CO.  Please watch for summer hiking dates to be announced later this spring.

Beaver Brook Watershed near Evergreen.

View outstanding scenic vistas and wildlife habitat. Join us to learn about the unique history and natural resources of this beautiful property.

Walks are from 10 am to 12 pm

Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area in Park County near Fairplay.

See ancient bristlecone pines, stunning wildflowers, learn about scientific research from alpine researchers in the field and more! 

Walks are from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen, CO.

Learn about the history of Noble Meadow, MALT's first project! Located off Evergreen Parkway, this well-known open space has a long history deeply tied to the origins of the town of Evergreen. 

Walks are from 10 am to 12:00 pm.

Details about each hike: 

The Beaver Brook Watershed, near Evergreen, is beloved US Forest Service, Clear Creek County Open Space and MALT conserved land with outstanding scenic vistas and wildlife habitat.  On the hike you will learn about the unique history of how the watershed was saved from development as well as the natural resources of the area.  The out and back hike will last approximately 2 hours and is roughly 2.5 - 3.5 miles in distance, climbing 800ft on moderate slopes with frequent stops for learning about nature.  People of all ages and abilities are welcome.


Take Squaw Pass Road (HWY 66) west off Evergreen Parkway (HWY 74) out of Evergreen. Turn right on the second turn onto Old Squaw Pass Rd approximately 3.7 miles from Evergreen Parkway. Parking is available at trailhead.

Directions to Beaver Brook Watershed meeting point. 

Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area is near Fairplay, CO in Park County.  On the hike you can see ancient bristlecone pines, stunning wildflowers, alpine researchers in the field and beautiful scenic vistas. The Pennsylvania Mountain trailhead starts at 11,700’ and the hike climbs to just over 12,000’ on a well-defined dirt social path and then follows the upper section of the Pika Trail. This is not a technical hike and there are no switchbacks.  The hike will last 2-3 hours. The pace is to be leisurely with frequent stops for learning about nature.   During the hike we will discuss the critical alpine research happening on this property.  Once you've signed up, we will email directions to an easy meeting location. 

Elk Meadow Open Space and Noble Meadow off Evergreen Parkway in Evergreen CO is an iconic open space.  From nomadic hunting routes, logging, ranching and the Colorado gold rush, this area offered livelihoods for many early settlers. Today we will see an abundance of wildflowers and a chance to glimpse the local elk herd that frequents the area. The trailhead begins at the Lewis Ridge Road parking lot and follows a loop using Sleepy S, Elk Ridge and Meadow View Trails. The hike will last roughly 2 hours and ascends 500ft over 3 miles with an option to continue higher if time allows.