Beaver Brook Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Beaver Brook trail starts in Golden and climbs up to around 7000 ft looking down onto Clear Creek as it moves through north forested slopes. After beautiful vistas it drops into Beaver Brook itself before climbing out to Chief Hosa. The trail on the west side drops down into Beaver Brook, then climbs back out to the top of a 7800' peak so there is a fair amount of climb on that side. The east side if you start at Windy Gap is fairly level although there are scramble and scree piles to climb over.
Rocky but really fun and a good workout. Will do it again
Bring your ice cleats
Amazing scenery. So worth it!
I'd say best part about this hike is the views of the canyon. I wasn't crazy about scrambling over the rocks. Lots of shade.
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).
I've done this hike 5+ times and love it. You can go as far as you'd like, the views are awesome the whole way, and it's great for out of town guests. I wrote more (+ pics) here! https://goo.gl/6xJwxr
Nice challenging hike close to home. Better than I expected!!
Great hiking. Beautiful views!!
challenging and beautiful