Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop

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Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop is a 5.2 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
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

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.

trail running
2 hours ago

Good for dogs, lots of water. Starts down hill, stay on brooks for less rocks on decent and come up chaves which is rockier.

hiking
2 days ago

Really pretty trail. Not the most difficult, but a nice workout.

2 days ago

Fun trail that’s not too challenging.

4 days ago

75% of the trail is at an angle and the signs are a bit confusing but decent hike!

5 days ago

Good intensity. Not extreme but down hill all the way going out and uphill on the way back. Has some beautiful rocks and streams at the bottom. Would be fun to relax and have lunch on or even “swim” in later months of summer.

hiking
6 days ago

Loved this trail for the scenery and length. Be aware that there are 2 different parking lots also when you connect from the Chavez trail back to the Beaver Brook there is a sign showing beaver brook going both ways. Left takes you to a parking lot. Sign wasn’t marked as such and causes confusion.

hiking
6 days ago

Great Father’s Day Hike! Great scenery and great hike with our dog because much of the trail is near water. We completed this hike in about 2.5 hours.

6 days ago

Beautiful hike and pretty close to the city. We got there around 7 am and there were barely any cars in the lot. Lots of shade throughout the hike, love the stream running parallel to the path as well. Will be coming back to do this one!

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike! So many beautiful views. Good leg workout, lots of shade throughout. Will definitely be back!

Absolutely beautiful with challenging areas that require balancing / walking across boulders and streams. Great workout on the “natural stairs”.

7 days ago

Awesome trail! Shaded with streams!

8 days ago

Great hike— scenic with water and tree coverage for some shade. It also has buffalo viewing off exit before hike.

hiking
10 days ago

What a neat surprise. Good amount of shade, water for dog, great intense incline (leg workout) and decent decline.. it took about 2 hours.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely a decent challenge.. not very scenic though. Cool streams at the bottom of the canyon, and a few cool bridges to cross. Be prepared because you hike a decent descent, which means you obviously have to climb the same on the return.

Also, this is listed as kid friendly. We brought our four and six year old with us, and it was a stretch. There were a few spots where a fall could be serious.. so had us nervous. Not many, but a few.

It was too much for the four year old (who has no problem with the “easy” 3 or so mile hikes, hence us taking it up a notch). I had to carry her on my shoulders for > 1/2 the hike..

Fun hike and cooler because it's shaded. Busy lots of hikers with dogs.

hiking
14 days ago

Great shaded loop. Not too strenuous- just the right length. Like the babbling brook that runs along most of it. Lovely mt flowers blooming in June. More than usual, luscious vegetation in the forrest area. Cool rock formations to climb over and check out. We’d do this one again.

15 days ago

Great hike!

hiking
16 days ago

My boys and I did this hike today... it was beautiful. It is a great workout! The scenery was gorgeous. Not to many people on the trail. Definitely want to do it again and hope the rest of the trail is open.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike! The hike is shaded nearly the whole way with a stream running along the path, so a great option for dogs. Only reason I am not giving 5 stars is that there is no “summit View”. Either way you go on the loop, you’ll start by going down and have to end coming back up. It’s a great workout!

hiking
17 days ago

A quick hike that will get your blood flowing. Nice stretches of elevation gain, but overall nothing too strenuous. What the trail lacks in views it makes up in creeks and blooming summertime flowers! I arrived around 8 am and was the second car at the trailhead. The lot was filled by the time I was done, about an hour and 40 minutes later.

18 days ago

Very fun hike. Great for dogs because you follow a stream they can play in and drink from. Thursday was not busy.

18 days ago

Easy fun hike

hiking
18 days ago

Some narrow sections that were difficult with my dog, but overall a great hike with lots of greenery! Would definitely go back.

18 days ago

It’s decently fun at first, but there really isn’t much to see except when you climb across the rocks at the creek. No matter which direction you go, the first part of the loop is all downhill, and then it’s all uphill. You’ll find more scenic hikes in Golden or Idaho Springs!

20 days ago

I've done a lot of beautiful hiking trails and while this was a nice trail, a little too busy for me and not as difficult as I like. Also the only real views are of the creek that is on the trail.

20 days ago

Great hike with shade and nice water and views

21 days ago

Good hike with lots of different terrains, shade and sun, creeks.
If you bring your dog, make sure he/she is on a leash. Rangers are all over.
We went the other way than Heidi. Heading back up was the hardest part of the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail along the creek! We did the Chavez trail first which meant you go downhill on the rocky, narrow, steep sections. Will try the other direction another time for the extra challenge!

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail, water was perfect for dogs jumping in. Great moderate trail to get started with.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and challenging if you do Chavez trail last

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