Close to Denver, I enjoy going to this trail when I need something close. It has a nice mix of elevation gain and loss as well as creek for more than half of the loop. Its especially great during summer time, because you can hike or run and work up a nice sweat then dip in May of the pools along the trail.
Nice trail. The route I chose took me through the Braille trail then connecting via Chavez and Beaver Brook. Parts of the trail were narrow and a little challenging. Biggest challenge was the other people, some of whom had dogs off leash. Nice creek crossings My route was about 6 miles.
the hike was a good workout, I completed the loop in 2 hours. The views are the not the best but I still liked the trail, lots of cool geological features at the bottom. you do follow the creek for awhile which I like. you cross the stream in many instances. parts of the trail were alittle confusing going over rocks but not too bad overall.
there is also a bison outlook at the trail head but I didn't see any when I was there.
This was a beautiful hike, lots of places to stop next to the creek and enjoy the nature. We made a bad turn and headed up windy Creek which is not clearly marked, thankful for the gentleman who steered us in the right direction! My husband carried our almost one year old and I'd say this is correctly marked as moderate 5.5 miles
L R. on Beaver Brook /Chavez Trail Loop
I literally don't understand why people like this. This was the worst hike I've ever been on.
First off -- the trail head is under construction, so perhaps I would like it more after that's completed.
However, this hike lacked all the things I like about Colorado hiking. It looks like I was in a forest behind my parent's house in Virginia. You can't tell that you're next to mountains, which is all the crazier when you think about how you're hiking in Evergreen.
Your hike begins by going down and only later, when you come back, do you ascend elevation.
The way the trail works, it's really easy to roll your ankle. I believe my boyfriend called it a "double switchback" or something, but my ankles hurt for a few days even though I didn't trip.
In short -- no good views, not good ambience, not good parking, not worthwhile.
Dan K. on Beaver Brook /Chavez Trail Loop
The trailhead road is actually under construction but it is well marked as to where to start from. Makes the trail ~5 miles to walk.
Good trail for Dogs as well there are some steep points but well worth the effort.
After the hike there is a little hole in the wall about 3 min away called the The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar which was pricey but excellent food, location, and serving sizes. Check it out in TripAdvisor.