Beautiful views of surrounding mountains, Clear Creek and Clear Creek Canyon. I've read that it can be very hot in the summer. We were happy to be on the trails on a temperate Fall day in October.
Highly recommend taking two cars, dropping one at the Windy Saddle trail head, and driving down to the Chief Hosa trail head to start the hike back to Windy Saddle. Our hike was just over 12 miles, by taking the Gudy Caskill loop in the middle.
It's easy to lose the trail at some of the creek crossings and rock slabs, so watch for cairns and the red and white B/B signs tacked to trees.
Decent elevation losses and gains, and some challenging scrambles through rock falls throughout, especially the last mile or so (heading east).
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.