Beaver Brook Trail

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Beaver Brook Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Beaver Brook trail starts in Golden and climbs up to around 7000 ft looking down onto Clear Creek as it moves through north forested slopes. After beautiful vistas it drops into Beaver Brook itself before climbing out to Chief Hosa. The trail on the west side drops down into Beaver Brook, then climbs back out to the top of a 7800' peak so there is a fair amount of climb on that side. The east side if you start at Windy Gap is fairly level although there are scramble and scree piles to climb over.

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Awesome rocky start from last trail head off lookout mountain road. Some very nice views. Some steep elevation changes. Next time I'll start in Genessee.

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We hiked this a couple days ago, starting by Lookout Mountain and going towards Genesee Park. The first several miles were fairly level, with a few areas of having to climb over rocks. However, the second half included some substantial uphill and downhill stretches, which were very tiring. We started off with a large meal in our bellies, and what we thought was a good supply of water and snacks, but we ran out halfway through, before we even got to the hardest part. We were famished and exhausted the last portion of the hike. It took us a lot longer to climb the last 1100' elevation, because we were out of gas and had to stop more often to catch our breath.

Many trail listings show this as an 8 mile hike, but our MapMyHike app on the phone showed 10.7 miles, and some other reviews report the same.

It's a beautiful hike. My recommendation is 1) Start from the Genesee Park side, and finish at Lookout Mountain Rd. This will have you going downhill overall, instead of up. Also, it puts all the major elevation changes in the first half of the walk, instead of at the end. Secondly, be prepared for a 10 mile hike over rugged terrain, and bring a lot of water, and some carbs to keep up your energy. Bring more than you expect to need.

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Nice moderate hike. Enjoyable.

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