Beaver Brook Trail

HARD 317 reviews

Beaver Brook Trail is a 9.7 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: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,660 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Note: This trailhead is currently closed for construction, but a short detour is available. For more information, please see https://www.jeffco.us/1440/Windy-Saddle-Park Beaver Brook trail starts in Golden . Looking down onto Clear Creek, 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 and then climbs back out to the top of a 7800' peak. There is a fair amount of wind on that side of the mountain. The east side, if you start at Windy Gap, is fairly level although there are scrambles and scree piles to climb over.

hiking
18 days ago

There is a detour in place with part of the lookout mountain trail on the east end, partly for construction, partly for mountain lion activity. We didn't spot any, but there was a chance we were spotted, as there was the unmistakable smell of new (at least newish) cat urine on multiple parts of the trail. Aside from the odors, it's a beautiful trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We got on here off of Lookout Mountain trail and went for a bit. Nice trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is actually 20 miles round trip so this is somewhat misleading. Also, with construction at Windy Saddle, we started on the Buffalo Bill trail and to the Lookout Mountain trail until is merged onto Beaver Brook. We went only 5.4 miles on Beaver Brook before turning around. This was a great stopping point with great view, and there were another 2-3 scenic points along the way.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Main trial head is closed. On street parking hard to come by on the holiday morning. Connect via another trail. Also this trail doesn’t really end, continues on as another. Stop anywhere along the way for better views than the trail “end.”

hiking
1 month ago

Closed until June 20th

hiking
2 months ago

Did this one a few years back, and plan to go out this summer and do it again. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful views winding through the forest and hard enough that you know you’re getting a good workout. This was a great option for a few hour hike especially with it not being far from Denver at all.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

The Windy Saddle Trailhead is closed until mid June. You'll have to go to either the parking lot at Buffalo Bill's grave site, or all the way to the top, and park at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, then use the Lookout Mountain Trail to connect with Beaver Brook. The trail is a bit technical. There are a couple of boulder fields to cross, and several granite outcroppings that require a bit of a scramble. But the views are totally worth it! The snow is gone, but parts of the trail are still muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

Not too difficult. Moderate traffic on the trail. Good views.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Beautiful secluded views but VERY hard packed ice right now. Would not recommend attempting without spikes. Started at the Lookout Mountain Trail and needed spikes less than a quarter mile in for the majority of the hike.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Great secluded trail. Bring your yak traks though because the snow is a mix of slush, mud and soft snow. Can’t snow shoe but it’d be difficult to do most of the trail with spikes. Great views and saw several dogs on the trail. Very quiet. I only passed 5 people (3 dogs) on a Friday afternoon.

trail running
4 months ago

Alltrails has it wrong. This is NOT a loop trail. It is an out and back trail. It goes all the way to Genessee. There is only signage until mile 3.5. It could be considered a balloon/lollipop trail if you do the Clear Creek overlook around mile 3. Very snowy and icy for most of it yesterday. Ran with my microspikes. See Hiking Project for a better description. Beautiful, secluded trail through the trees though.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Amazing views! I didn’t get to finish the trail since I started too late in the day; I only went out three miles. I’ll absolutely be going back soon to finish it though. Some of the rocky parts were probably made a tad harder in the snow but still not bad. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to do the trail if you’re going to go.

hiking
6 months ago

Really solid hike with good views. It doesn’t seem like it should be rated hard, it is level most of the way.

hiking
6 months ago

First couple miles are awesome! Overall would do it again.

trail running
8 months ago

Took me 3 hours 48 min. I ran ~4 miles and hiked the rest. Good views at beginning and end. Middle chunk gets a little bland.

8 months ago

This trail freakin rocks! Awesome open areas and great trails! Highly recommend this trail!

10 months ago

Awesome trail. There and back with a few side trails to diversify. They call the trail 'primitive' as there are some overgrown spots and steep trackside drop offs. We took the main trail out and hit Chave and Gaskill side trails on the way back. Clocked in about 21 miles and 8 miles at a brisk hike rate with a few snack stops.

hiking
10 months ago

Varied terrain and deep enough in the canyons to block the traffic noise and visual pollution.

11 months ago

I love this trail. beautiful views, not too far from golden.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

It’s a nice trail because it’s close to Denver and it really does have beautiful vista views. It’s extremely rocky and takes a lot of concentration. But we only did 6 miles.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Not the best trail I have been on but certainly not the worst. If you're looking for gorgeous views and/or some sort of a peak to work toward, seek another trail. For the workout and the workout alone, this trail earns four stars. Views, maybe a three at best. If you follow this path from Lookout, your last two miles are going to be pretty tough after the 9.5 before the finish as you begin with some rock scrambling and, likewise, end with it. While there are some great views, this should mostly be appreciated for its exercise challenge. Bring more water than needed and some snacks/food as well. You'll need it. Probably won't be doing this one again. Kind of boring.

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Saw a rattlesnake on the trail! Didn't get too far, but it's a gorgeous trail, hope to do more soon. Definitely pretty rocky and some scrambling.

hiking
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

beautiful hike and views. some rock scrambling. not the best trail for running shoes, the rocks were a little intense on my feet, wear well cushioned runners or boots. start early too, we were afraid of running out of daylight so only did some of the trail.

hiking
Saturday, May 12, 2018

The first couple miles starting at trailhead are rocky and you’ll have to scramble a little. Due to trails proximity to a main road, the first couple miles of the trail have moderate hiker traffic. Once you pass the overlook views in first couple miles of trail, there is little to no hiker traffic. Trail as a whole is difficult due to length, but the change in elevation isn’t that noticeable or hard. Once you arrive to loop, trail leads you to open field area with good views. Overall I recommend trail to anyone needing a good workout or trail run.

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