Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop

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Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1135 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

The trail has a nice mix of elevation gain and loss as well as creek for more than half of the loop. Its especially great during summer time, because you can hike or run and work up a nice sweat then dip in May of the pools along the trail.

hiking
5 days ago

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.

hiking
10 days ago

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.

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
13 days 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.

hiking
16 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Difficult but rewarding

1 month ago

Great trail. Challenging but won’t kill ya.

1 month ago

Great hike

1 month ago

Would give this hike 4 stars right now (early Dec), but prob 5 when the weather is nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike :) Cant wait to go again in the spring/summer when the water is higher.

1 month ago

What an awesome hike! Hiked on 11/26

I would agree with Agustin Rodriguez about the hike being easier if you do the Chavez trail first and loop back down on the Beaver Brook trail. Unless you want a more difficult hike.. then I would do Beaver Brook first then Chavez.

Also, its a great hike for dogs.

Have fun and stay classy Colorado.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed the view on this hike from start to finish. If you want a little easier hike, take Chavez Trail (first fork you'll hit) down to Beaver Brook and loop back around, otherwise take it in reverse for a little more of a challenge. Dress warm in late fall early winter, as this trail is mostly shaded so not a lot of sun to warm things up. Highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a gorgeous moderate hike! There were lots of streams, some climbing around rocks, and beautiful views! If you go, make sure to bring hiking shoes and/or poles because it was a little treacherous at times!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for being so close to Denver. Not a ton of Mountain Views, but good exercise, well kept trail, and lots of pretty river and waterfall views. Great for dogs!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice mix of terrain, little bit of uphill but not too steep; streams, water crossings, and lots of dogs; trail conditions good with lots of steps and not too many loose rocks and exposed roots. Close to Denver location makes for an easy to reach outing and respite from the city. Good parking and restrooms at TH.

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