Beaver Meadows Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from June until November.
Directions from Evergreen: Travel west on Upper Bear Creek Road for 10 miles to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area, then go west to the Camp Rock Trailhead. The road in the State Wildlife Area is closed intermittently in the fall for hunting season and from January 1 to June 15.
FYI locked gates 4.5 miles from the trailhead during winter. went this morning but didn't feel like "hiking" on the road for 4 miles before the actual trail. could be good for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing once there's more snow. will try again in the summer!
Nice trail- did the Beaver meadows, cub creek and bear track trail loop, 10 miles, 5 hrs (including lunch time), 2100 approx elevation gain. I'd say moderate B classification hike.You see big change in Eco system throughout the trail. Trail winds up thru evergreens, with wildflowers, lotsa giant toadstools, strawberry & elderberry bushes. You come to pretty meadows with beaver ponds and tall grass. Gr8 views of Mt Evans, Rosalie and Captain. Had lunch at the fireplace ruins from some old Ranger station, I believe. There is Cub creek. Several creek crossings via log bridges. Then on the other side of loop, you also get to see what fire blowout looks like. And among all the deadfall, you see surviving limber cone trees which live for 1000's of years. Deadfall is pretty amazing to see close up. Past Bear creek, you get back down to wildflowers and raspberry bushes- makes a nice snack; left some for the Bears! Did not see any bears tho.
Saw some beautiful rare rose gentians on the trail and arctic gentian (heralding approaching fall weather). Saw some very pretty twisted stalk with red berries by the creeks.
Overall nice trail, steady long, rocky trail climb up then down.
Cool trail, hiked from here up the connecting Resthouse Meadows trail. The burn area here coupled with some interesting rock formations gives some great views of the surrounding area. We bushwhacked off the trail a bit to climb one of the rocky outcrops in the burn area. Very nicely secluded area, definitely worth checking out.
The small parking lot was full when we arrived, but it seemed like most who parked there were camping at the Camp Rock or Beaver Meadows campgrounds. Saw maybe two other groups on the actual trail on a Saturday in August (nice!).
The Beaver Meadows trail is only about 3.5 miles long from the Camp Rock trailhead to the junction with the Cub Creek and Resthouse Meadows trails. 7 miles round trip. Can be combined with Cub Creek and Beartracks trails into a nice loop hike.
This is one of the best hikes I've ever done! You start out in very dense Old Growth Pine and the ground is covered in moss and there were huge mushrooms of every kind of color all over the place. Eventually you break out into a meadow with very nice beaver ponds with visible lodges. This is followed with a nice moderate climb where you break out to great views of Mt Evans, Mt Spalding, Mt Rosalie, and the Pegmatites to the left. Spectacular views I'm tellin' ya! Then lots of ups and downs in and out of dense pine with differnt views every time you come out.
Finally at the end of this loop you walk through an old fire site with thousands of burned pines and huge boulder and rock formations.
Fairly long hike that I would call Intermediate. One of the best things is we saw maybe 8 people in 3 separate groups the whole time we were on the trail and this was in August.