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Started hiking this around 1:30pm and the trail was almost all in the shade. Not the easiest hike but I’d do it again with some hiking poles.

Love this hike. It’s so close to town, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s not easy and definitely not the best for old dogs or little kids, but it’s fun to get a little more extreme with ledges and scrambles. **if you hike it in the winter, bring spikes! Without them the trail isn’t fun or safe.

awesome trail. along ariver for most of it. great in winter too!

This was the first hike I’ve done in Colorado. Wanted to do something easier as I am trying to get used to the elevation. I personally loved the trail. Very shady, several places to stop and climb some rocks for some great views. We took it counterclockwise and went downhill most of the time which was nice. Well maintained and easy to find trail. The bottom is awesome as the trail goes right next to a little creek in which you can see some fish. Took us about 3 hours due to several stops and lunch. Traffic on the trail was not too bad. I’d recommend this trail.

beautiful hike. once your at the bottom it's nice and cool following the stream for a while.. I would rate as hard, but able to do it with my baby in my pack. glad we took the advice of others and did clockwise, down the brook trail and up Chavez.. nice challenging hike

off road driving
6 days ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

on Blue Lakes Trail

7 days ago

Pika everywhere! Watch your footing if you decide to take a shortcut up the hill side to the dam from the upper parking lot. Lots of loose rocks. Even in good hiking boots, I was still sliding. The view from the dam is amazing! Please give the Mountain Goats their room. There were a few eople infringing on their space, chasing them. Not cool!

A great hike just a drive out of the city and the trail is defiantly moderate or more. There are rocky terrain along the Chavez trail and so I appreciated someone’s tip about taking the trail up rather than down the sliding rock terrains. Thank you and hopefully others will do so too. Enjoy!

20 small water crossings on the trail loop.

I started hiking around 2 PM and the trail was almost completely in the shade. Loved that I could stop pretty much anywhere along the way to get wet.

on Arapaho Pass Trail

10 days ago

Believe all the reviews here and on the Arapaho Pass Trail to Dorothy Lake.
The road to get to the trailhead is much more comfortably done in an SUV with high ground clearance. It's very much off-roading. Also note, you'll see cars parked along the road throughout. It's worth gambling to see if you can get a spot right by the trailhead, especially if you're not hiking during peak hours. We arrived around 10am and found a spot by the trailhead easily.
The hike itself is absolutely stunning. It's not very hard, but does steeply incline throughout. There weren't any areas that were of concern for us with our three dogs. It was very crowded. We passed people along the way, but never felt like we were in a line of people or crowded.
The base of the hike will be warm (we hiked in September), but as you go up, make sure to have plenty of layers. I'm not a naturally cold person and I ended up with a sweatshirt and windproof shell at the top. I would also recommend you bring plenty of water for you and your pup. Even though you're not climbing too high in altitude, it will still wear on you.
The view is definitely worth it, but be prepared for intense wind at the top. Being prepared will make taking in those views a little bit more comfortable.

off road driving
10 days ago

loch lamond lake! Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle would help....Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra stock BFGTK 02 TIRES

Gorgeous scenery on this hike and so close!! We hiked early on a Sunday, before the Bronco game, and it was not busy at all! You get a little of everything on this hike. Shaded forest, river crossings, narrow cliff paths, sunny hot patches with cactus all in one hike.

13 days ago

I hiked this trail alone on a day when it was not highly trafficked. It was gorgeous and very rewarding with a lovely creek running through the bottom of the valley. Beware coming with kids, the Chavez Trail side has cliffs and steep parts, and I dropped my phone off of one of the cliffs and had to venture down to get it. Overall very rewarding trail system and would love to try the longer version of the trail.

13 days ago

Beautiful views. Waterfalls. Mountain goats. Marmots. Aspens, wildflowers, and evergreens. Gravel rocky narrow road. Beautiful blue water. Unkept trail very hard to follow.

I would usually give this hike three stars because I don’t enjoy the Chavez trail. Today I took Beaver Brook to the bottom, spent time by the water with my pup, then went back the way I came. Still good incline and much more pleasant. If you’re like me and don’t enjoy boulder scrambling I recommend hiking the trail the way I did. I can’t wait to go on this trail next spring and early summer when there’s more water. Still totally worth it though!

A well maintained trail that’ll get your heart pumping. I would highly suggestion taking the loop CLOCKWISE! This way you can climb out on the rocks rather than having to scale down them. The trails are marked differently than what’s listed. Go to the LEFT at the T, save the Chavez trail for the way out! You do have to climb over some rocks so may not be suitable for some kids.

absolutely amazing trail for a short and sweet workout. good techy so\pots to keep you on your toes. highly recommend for a morning jaunt.

My husband and I took our labradoodle and two kids (son 10, daughter 8) on the 5.1 mile loop. We started on the Beaver Brook side and looped around to the Chavez side and back. I can see why those with kids could feel a little apprehensive. There are sections that are fairly steep and slippery that you need to scramble through; however, if you take it slow, you should be fine. Overall, we thought it was fun and full of adventure! Lots of opportunities to kick off your shoes and wade in the various pools of water. Great 5 mile loop! Bring water and food to keep your body fueled. We'll definitely be hiking Beaver Brook again soon! :-)

Outstanding views and great for dogs! There are some steep cliffs but still very dog friendly.

My 7yr old wanted to do this trail again, he is all about the water. Not much left but still a great trail. I suggest early spring for this one if you're after water...great areas to break for lunch and just hang for a bit.

off road driving
20 days ago

Great trail, good for beginning off road drivers.

Gorgeous views. Not the easiest but definitely doable- a fun challenge with our twins strapped to us!

scenic driving
21 days ago

Very pretty view from the dam and the drive up. Not much of an actual trail, but can walk around parts of the lake and the reservoir and to the waterfall connecting the lakes. Great option if you don't have much time and want to just drive to a nice view, the road turns to gravel forward the end and can be quite bumpy, 2WD might be difficult in bad weather. There's space to park at both lakes.

Unique little hike. Really Easy. But WOW the view is AWESOME!!

short easy trail for off roading. beautiful sites.

Very pretty but hard. Saw a lot of people with dogs but I would be nervous to bring my dogs because of the trail being so close to cliffs.

off road driving
22 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! The path to get there is pretty rocky but our '99 4Runner did it, no problem. I would not recommend this to any vehicle smaller than an suv (like a subaru crosstrek or anything).
Once you reach the lake, it's an incredible view with a couple paths to hike up.
I would definitely go again and would recommend 10/10 for a nice day trip.

Great ups and downs as a loop, love hearing the running water as you cross over several times. Good shade. Close to home, so easy morning 1/2 day hike.

The brook was pretty with lots of shade along the trail. No mountain views. Good early season hike

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