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Nice hike, could see that it makes more sense to go counter clockwise and take the chavez trail to Beaver Brook instead of the other way. I took Beaver Brook first, gradual decline about 1.8 miles to get to the creek. Nice rocky incline on the way out via chavez trail. saw about a dozen people on a Monday with a slight chance of rain. Trail was clear, great for my dog!

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, a little harder then we were thinking. Brought two labs along, they got muddy but the Arch gave a nice view and a great place to sit and eat a little snack. The hike it self was out and back, the way there being mostly up hill. I thought it was "moderate" but definitely some slippery rocks this time of year. Wish i had worn my hiking boots, no my old tennis shoes.

Beautiful day and a great hike! Thought it would be super crowded from all the cars but actually had quite a bit of solitude and some friendly passing visitors. The trail can definitely be confusing, everyone else we talked with was checking in on the direction of trails or had made a wrong turn. Other than that, it was a wonderful trail!

Gorgeous hike. Can be heavy traffic on the weekend but still not bad. The view is worth the hike.

Beautiful day on the trail. Even though this is ranked moderate it’s a tough one. The views from the arch are incredible.

Awesome hike! The climb was a fun challenge. Be ready for a crowd.

hiking
6 days ago

Great day for a hike. Beautiful park. A bit too crowded for me. I got here early so parking was not an issue but there are not a lot of spots to park.

walking
6 days ago

Great trail! Has a beautiful view of the flatirons and a creek running along the entire trail for your dogs to cool off on a hot day. They have trash stations through out the trail so you’re not carrying poop bags for too long. Very dog friendly!! My only complaint is that this parking lot is pretty small and space fills up quick. I go in the middle of the day through the week. If there’s no space there’s always dry creek trail a few minutes up the road!

My first time hiking this trail. It was beautiful and challenging. I'm a beginner hiker so I found some spots difficult to navigate. Plus the trail wasn't marked well in some spots. Overall it was a great walk with beautiful scenery. I'll definitely hike it again soon.

A great relaxing walk in the woods with enough incline to get the heart pumping. This trail has some diverse scenery: meadows, streams, woods, cliffs. Mostly dry with some mud.

hiking
9 days ago

Pretty hike and a good workout but WAY too many mountain bikes. No exaggeration, we passed (or got passed by) 75+ bikes today. We hiked about 8.5 miles (Belcher to Mustang to Sawmill and back) and there were bikes throughout the entire way.

Very rocky and in some areas eroded. Nice tree coverage. For the most part a lot of incline... up up up! Heavy traffic on the weekends, lots of families and dogs. The parking lot was full by 1 PM on Sunday.

Great hike close to Denver. You go downhill for the first half but the creek at the bottom was beautiful. Trail was clean and in good condition.

Went on a Sunday afternoon at about 11:30 AM. Parking was limited, trail was in good shape (kind of muddy), trek took about 2.5 hours. Was just challenging enough to make you feel like you really earned your beer(s) after.

was a good little hike, that uphill was killer but the views we're really lovely.

Went on a Sunday mid afternoon in April and wasn’t too busy. Took the loop clockwise to do the longer part downhill and the shorter/steeper part uphill and wasn’t bad at all. Mostly trekking through the peaceful forest until you get to a series of bridges over the stream at the bottom next to rocky slopes going up around you. Cool stuff but hear it gets crazy busy at times. Nice facilities at the trailhead. Right off 70 and next to bison herd spot. Pickle rick!!!!

It feels like 18,000 stairs. Moderate? The view at the top made it worth it. Very challenging hike. It was not crowded at all but the parking lot was full.

hiking
9 days ago

Have done this hike multiple times. Short but challenging as it a pretty consistent climb. The trail is clear of all snow and ice at this point. The nicer weather has brought out huge crowds lately, so go early! I had the top to myself today for several minutes around 930 AM. Great views at the top!

hiking
9 days ago

Moderate/difficult but totally doable. Heavily trafficked but really beautiful and worth it.

I was thoroughly surprised with how much I enjoyed this trail. It was much more difficult than I anticipated, you’ll definitely get your heart rate up. But it’s worth the climb. It’s very rocky most of the trail which my pup and I loved, but I did notice a couple older ones who struggled climbing a bit in some steep spots.

Beautiful trail saturated in the deep forest, eventually joining a stream, with a few of great places to do some light bouldering to get a nice vantage of the stream and one of its many bridges crossing it.

I went between 4–6:30pm and there were very few people around. Saw a few great doggos being very good puppers—the mini Australian Shepherd was bashful.

Highly recommend if you're looking for a moderate-difficult afternoon stroll (coming from an unfit skinny guy

hiking
12 days ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes during the week and in the off season. During the warmer months and on weekends this drops far down my list with the amount of people on the trail. This is definitely on the higher end of the Moderate scale if not straight up Hard. This was slippery from when I went last October to this past week in April. Definitely recommend spikes or crampons, saw many people fall on their backs. The view from the Arch is beautiful and a great place for a rest and picnic.

great trail! Please keep dogs on lease at all times

Beautiful

This was a fun, different hike than others we’ve done. It was nice to have a different perspective, walking along the creek and along the gulch. A few exposures but nothing that’s overly dangerous. Great to be among the trees and babbling brook. Will do again and bring a hammock so we can take in the peacefulness next time.

hiking
15 days ago

long flat 9 mile walk around Barr Lake. cool scenery. horses, cows, birds, deer, and fish.

Beautiful and not very busy. Good workout!

Beautiful hike along Beaver Brook. Some decent elevation gain and a few rocky places, but nothing too challenging and really no ice/snow/mud on the trail when we went. We were glad to have the AllTrails maps and a spare phone battery, as we got off course a couple of times and could easily have added miles to our hike by mistake. For us, this ended up about a 6-mile, 3-hour hike that was both enjoyable and a good workout. Lots of people with their dogs; will bring ours next time!

Really easy to get to from Denver and roughly a 30 minute drive! It is easy to find with a fair amount of parking.

This is a nice trail with a little rock exposure that makes it interesting. The trail is 2.5 miles down 700 ft in elevation then 2.5 miles up. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.

We had a bit of snow last night and wore spikes, but not necessary. In the summer this is a great trail for running.

hiking
18 days ago

Very peaceful trail. Low to no traffic. Easy terrain through and through.

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