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Went yesterday, their is a path from others but lots of snow on the ground. The lake is completely frozen but was still super peaceful and relaxing.

on Beaver Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome Trail! Started out with no snow- ended up in a foot of snow at the lake. For a beginner hiker from Texas, I had to make quite a few stops to catch my breath, but I made it to the lake in a couple of hours. It is a STRAIGHT UP hike the whole way, but the scenery is gorgeous!!

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful views & scenery most of the way. Went in October and bit more snow than expected!
But beautiful once you get to the lake. I wore running shoes and it was okay but hiking shoes would have made it easier!

Wonderful trail that’s just wild enough to be challenging! Great views the whole way up to the lake and a great lake it is! Access road is dirt and is probably not well suited for late season travel unless you have a good overlander

hiking
2 months ago

Wow. Today was one of those rare occurrences where parking wasn't really an issue. We arrived at the trailhead at about 11:30 a.m. and had our choice of parking spots. This is a great trail. There weren't too many people. However, I would say that it is a popular local and visitor trail. I saw lots of people without any gear just going for a short jaunt. You can backpack this trail and do a big loop with adjoining trails in the area. There were piles of gold everywhere on the forest floor. The Aspens were shimmering with every breeze and this glorious sunny fall day. There was a little rock scrambling to be head, boggy spots to maneuver through with care, and a Pixy land of overgrown ferns within huge stands of Aspen groves. One could easily loose the trail if not paying attention. The lakes along the way are really little ponds, but the entire hike has great vistas and ambiance. There are house sized, moss covered boulders, stone stair steps to climb (careful! they are steep) and a great creek crossing. The hike is about 5.2 miles. Moderate is a good rating. My 10 and 7 year old did it no problem. Keep eyes peeled. This is mountain lion, bear and Squatch country.

A good bit of pavement to actually get to trailhead, then heavily trafficked. Good trail if your staying in Beaver Creek, otherwise there are better options.

hiking
2 months ago

this hike is a 99% incline uphill 3+ miles so be prepared for that. also be prepared that 80% of the hike you are looking out to not step in horse poop. it's a horse trail and human trail so constantly looking on the ground. other than That! beautiful views and a gorgeous lake at the top. you will be tired coming down and sore the next day!

hiking
2 months ago

About a mile in, we chose the right hand trail that is closer to the stream. This portion of the trail is not maintained at all and is barely visible. We had at least 30 downed trees to climb over or under. My only real complain was getting shredded by raspberry bushes. Thankfully we had our trusty all trail map to make sure we were still on the trail or so we would have been very confused. The family ahead of us took same route and were very unhappy.

This trail was so much fun on 09/17/18.
I think what made it so much fun was because I got lost on this mountain so many times . I didn't even mean to do this trail but somehow got on it. Get lost up there and have fun.

off road driving
2 months ago

Relaxing, scenic drive. Really easy roads that anyone should be able to do, too.

hiking
2 months ago

Have hiked this trail 3 times. Always a pleasure. I take my dog. He loves the lake. I try to hike during the week to avoid crowds.

scenic driving
2 months ago

We drove this on a Wed. afternoon in September as a nice break from I-70 eastbound. Beautiful fall colors and maybe a dozen cars total, including hikers. Road would be slow for a low-clearance vehicle, but passable to almost all sedans, etc.

Gorgeous views!

Easy hike. Make sure when you see the secondary trail spurs you venture out, usually 20 yards. Great views from these advantage points.

Good hike worth doing. Average, no spectacular features. Well maintained, easy to get to. Lots of ups and downs, mostly in woods, occasional views of mountains. Nice Aspen groves. Not as much trail along creek as some and no lakes. Limited parking but not usually a problem.

This was a very nice hike! It is about 2.0 miles to the lake, with easy-moderate hills the whole way, and it is basically in the shade the whole way. The lake itself is very pretty and a great place for a dog to go swimming and cool off. It would also be a gorgeous place to have a picnic.

hiking
3 months ago

We found this confusing. We started at the sign (in the mini parking area) that said West Lake Trail 1/4 mile with an arrow pointing up the road, but after walking over an hour on the road — with high clearance vehicles and ATVs passing us, we never found the actual trailhead.

Awesome trail!! Uphill the entire way to the lake but very scenic and interesting. The lake was beautiful! A great place to have a picnic!

hiking
3 months ago

Had the trail to Beaver Lake to ourselves for about 90% of the time. Eventually had 2 people riding horses pass at the lake. Instead of taking BLT back down we took the Royal Elk Trail across to the gondola - some great sights along the way. Around 6-6.5 miles total.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a solid workout with uphill and downhill throughout the hike. Takes about 2 1/2 hours round trip. Great for our dogs as they could be off leash. Also the lovely creek at the end of the trail is a nice destination. Good picnic spot before heading back to trailhead. Gave 4 stars instead of 5 as no wild flowers blooming. But still a serene setting with most of the hike in the shaded woods.

Of course it is all uphill to the lake but it is a beautiful trail. At the lake you have to deal with aggressive chipmunks ready and able to steal any and all snacks you have. Figure about 3 1/2 to 4 hours round trip. Great workout.

A very pleasant, varied, interesting and scenic hike. There are a couple of very short spurs (one at about .8 mi and another at about 2 mi in) which were real highlights for me as they afforded lovely views over the creek.

Had a nice hike with wife and daughter. We saw no one else and that was pretty great.

We enjoyed this trail. It continues on beyond the lake (it is a 14 mile trail) so we decided on a longer hike. We went out to mile 6 in the area of the intersection of the Grouse Mountain Trail/Martin Creek Trail. Beautiful vistas out there. The big elevation gains are after mile 8 so it was a very pleasant hike out to mile 6 and back. The trail is well maintained and is often shaded as we hiked along rock formations among the pines and aspen.

This is a great hike! Nice bridge over the water makes for great photo opportunity. We hiked to Surprise Lake and found it a little longer the the 4.9 mile total. Also, road is open all the way up to trailhead.

3 months ago

This was a very nice hike and worth the effort to get to the lake. Little muddy
through a short section with very minimal snow. Wild flowers haven't budded yet. Very peacful trek.

Loved the aspens on this trail. I didn’t trail run today but it would be a great path for runners.

hiking
3 months ago

An OK hike. Nice lake, nice stream beside trail. But, a pretty long and steep hike. You can no longer park at trailhead, must park in Ford parking instead, which adds a lot of mileage. It’s now 8 miles out and back, with 1,600 ft vertical. And, pretty crappy walking on a dirt road for several miles. Absolute worst part, was all the horse crap on the trail. Worst I’ve ever seen.

hiking
3 months ago

Experienced hiker. CO, CA, TN, MA, AR, TX and others. This trail has one direction and it is straight up. From the Beaver Creek Resort it's a 1.5 mile trail called five senses trail which is really just along the road to the Beaver Creek fire station. The trail is not an awful trail, though is not all that scenic. Anybody indicating that it's a moderate trail doesn't know they're talking about. This trail just goes up. We agree with others that Lake is scenic, but no more scenic than any other Alpine Lake. Do yourself a favor, pass on this trail and find another in the area more suitable for the investment of time and effort. David Joyner

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