Current conditions: sections of ice and packed snow, but our group of 6 (youngest being 10) did it without spikes or snow shoes.

Fantastic hike down to Beaver Brook with an exciting climb back up

Bring micro spikes! Windy ledges but just be smart about it

2.10.18 - stunning scenery during light snowfall. traction advised for the next few days as the path gets really narrow with a steep drop off to one side. great gains and altitude peak of over 7100 ft.

Great workout and winding trail but not much of a view.

hiking
16 days ago

Very fun trail! A bit icy so plan accordingly

Icy in spots, poles and traction recommended. Great afternoon hike

This might be my new favorite hike in the area. So close, but you follow a creek through trees and meadows, passing over bridges every now and then. No spectacular views or anything, but if you want to get outside without a long drive, it's a great option. The creek is frozen right now, so a few spots can get pretty icy, just to be aware.

Pretty, forested hike! Starting out with much descent, you know you’re gonna have to climb later, but even on a Sunday midday felt like I had the trail mostly to myself. So, the ascent was worth it :) Wear good hiking shoes and long pants so the parts with brush don’t scratch your legs.

Great forest hike. Downhill first, uphill for the rest. Finished it in two hours or so.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m definitely wearing my hiking boots next time. It looks like there was some recent flooding that had frozen and blocked some areas of the trail, so I had to either attempt to cross the slick ice or fight shrubbery to continue on. The trails could also be a bit better marked; I found myself backtracking a few times because I’d chased a rabbit trail. Overall, nice solitary hike close to Denver.

Nice easy walk with 2 young kids. Go check out the flag pole at the summit.

Great trail. Challenging at certain points for someone who came from sea level.

good views, moderate difficulty, the trail head has moved from where the GPS takes you.

The best part about this trail is it's proximity and easy access to Denver. Nothing too stunning about this hike but it is great little get away from the city. The trails head is right next to I70 but it does not take too long before the highway noise disappears. No matter which way you go (we went clockwise) you will start downhill and finish coming back up. Nothing too steep but definitely a workout in spots. There was no snow or ice on the trail at all. This would be tough with lots of ice. The trail often slants to steep drop offs at times and there is one spot you have to walk across a rock ledge. While the views or not much to wrote home about the hike does run next to a stream for some time and made for some great photos. If you are looking for a quick and easy hike, this is a good one.

Loved this hike! Definitely some challenging parts overall not too tough!

trail running
2 months ago

I ran this trail about two years ago while living in Colorado during school; I absolutely loved this trail. There wasn’t anything in particular that made this trail a stand-out trail. What it lacked in “flash” it completely made up with variety and solitude! I saw only a couple of folks after 3 laps of the loop. The stream crossings were fun and the “stairs” were cool, and it even had views at point! The downhills were fast, and the uphills were a workout. This trail had a little bit of everything, which made running it so fun! The proximity to home while still being far enough away from the city made it an easy choice. Kind of found it by chance, but so glad I did. Whenever I return to CO for a visit, I’m going to hit this one up again!

hiking
2 months ago

Highly recommend. This hike is downhill, easy, and not technical for the first two miles. The last three miles are more technical (but still doable with kiddos and dogs), uphill and gorgeous. Rocky scenery with river running near the trail for most of the hike. We took the Beaver Creek trail 3 miles, then took the Chavez trail 2 miles back to make a 5 mile loop total.

Difficult but rewarding

Great trail. Challenging but won’t kill ya.

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