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.
Great day hike! There was a beautiful *enchanted* feeling with the sun poking through the clouds, leaves turning and the water twisting through the trail. Hiking boots recommended as there is some tight spots and river crossings. Took us about and two hours including some stops to enjoy the river.
This hike makes for a great loop hike. We could hear the sound of water and were near the stream a lot of the hike. To add a little distance, we continued a ways on the Beaver Brook Trail toward Golden before doubling back and finishing the loop. There's definitely steep and rocky terrain to challenge you on this beautiful hike. The trail crisscrosses the stream in several places and using the rocks and logs seemed adventurous.
I'm kind of torn on this one. On one hand the stream and forest canopy is cool, but the trail is thin or covered with overgrowth. About 2 miles in I couldn't find one trail at all and another included a deep stream crossing without much to cross on except an unstable bunch of wood and slippery rocks. There are some drop offs so be careful. They certainly need more trail maintenance on this one. Also FYI the parking lot is closed for repairs so you may have to park on the shoulder of the road. I don't think I'll be back.
This was beautiful start to finish, especially with the babbling brook. Some challenging points to cross back and forth over the water. We started on the Braille trail to Chavez then to beaver brook. Gets a little confusing with signage, so if you want to do the shorter loop described here, do NOT follow the signs toward "windy gap" when the trail Ts at the brook.