For my first solo day-hike, I found these trail pretty peaceful. There are scree piles but only a little scrambling. This was my first trip here, so I started on Lookout Mountain Trail (was disappointed when I saw the road, then the trail stopped) so I wish I would have avoided that all together and just stayed on Beaver Brook. I didn't do the entire loop, but certainly will next time! There are GREAT portions for tail running too! Gorgeous views. moderate traffic though...if you're wanting to feel "secluded" - not the best pick.
The map says it is a 2.8 mile loop, another review said more like 3.9 at the end of it all it was almost 6 miles for me and I was wearing a Vivosmart to track my steps. I loved this trail but PRINT a map. The trail markers split off from the loop and was very confusing causing me to go out of my way to get back.
Meant to do the Beaver Brook/Chavez Trail, but ended up starting the Beaver Brook Trail from Lookout Mountain instead. It makes the hike a lot longer, but it's still really pretty. For how close this hike is to the city, there weren't that many people on it on a Sunday afternoon.
The hike is nice. lots of elevation gain and loss. No lakes or ponds. start out hiking down, down, down...easy, but then it's up, up up. be prepared. very hot...bring lots of water. Big issue if parking off of Chief Hosa...Denver Parks is ticketing everyone for anything. They advertise thus trail and then because there is not enough parking for the hundreds of people that show up, they ticket everyone for parking illegally. If your dog is off leash, 90.00 ticket per dog. Huge ranger presence. your better off hiking a Jeffco park or a 14er. prettier too! This is just a hike, nothing special. Nothing but a money maker for Denver Parks.