Beaver Brook Trail is a 13.4 mile heavily 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.

Length13.4 miElevation gain3,297 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

Good on either end.

The Beaver Brook trail system is easily accessed from the east, at Chimney Gulch near Golden or from Windy Gap on Lariat Loop Road or from Colorow Road at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. From the west it can be accessed from the Stapleton Drive trail head off I-70 at the Chief Hosa.

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Lauren Ruess
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HikingIcyMuddy

Trail is clear and no need for micro spikes. Muddy and icy in a few spots but other than that made for a great early spring hike. We took the chavez loop from Genessee park to the trail then to Windy Saddle Park trail head for ~9 mile hike. Parked at both trailheads before 8 am and there were hardly any cars.

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BENJAMIN HAWES
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Running

too snowy even for spikes unless you’re going super slow. also whoever put cross country skiing is nuts! lookout mountain open space maybe, but that would be suicide on beaver brook lol

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Jake Wyatt
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it was snowy; I made it about 5-miles in and turned back. it definitely was a slog.

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Daniel Henek
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Hiking

did trail 3/27, wore microspikes. overall good trail, a couple narrow ledges with drop-off early on. started at sunrise and there was 1 other person out there. around the 6 mile mark I got off trail. there is another trail/ service road that footpaths will take you to. this is not the trail. apparently this trail dips down after what seems like the end of trail. this was my biggest issue. trails seems to end but map says keep going ..to where I don't know. I'll have to see it in the summer

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Dawn Small
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HikingSnow
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Haslam Ford
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Hiking

I thought this was a great long hike close to the city! The elevation is gradual for most parts and if you get to mile 4+ the lookouts are pretty awesome! I wore yaktracks for the first 1-2 miles and as you get farther the trail gets drier. There are only patches of ice/snow left but they were pretty slick. I only saw 2 people the whole day when I got past the first look out, so this is a great endurance hike if you want to get away from the city and people. There were only a few moments where you would hear the cars from highway 6, the rest of it was so quiet and peaceful!

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Jefferson Cowing
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Hiking

Fun hike wore spikes the entire time.

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Brenna Eaton
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Hiking

Snowy, only a few muddy parts. Did it without spikes but wish I’d had them.

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Chris Castoro
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Jimmy Wallet
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Leigh Gray
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G2G

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Jonathan Captain
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Kevin Kevin Wickart
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Cass Tanz
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HikingIcyRocky

Hiked 1/16. Arrived a little before 8am. There were quiet a few parking spots left. Supper busy and not as easy to distance once we got back to the trailhead at the end of the hike. The grip on my books is gnarly right now so I am really glad I have my poles with me. Most of the people who passed on the trail were trail runners. Some of the ice patches were rough but a fun hike overall.

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Kirsten & Jibboo
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Hiking

Nice hike to do in the winter! There was definitely ice, but mostly dry. A few tight rocky areas makes it hard to social distance. I arrived at 7:45 AM on a Sunday. Only a few cars were there when arrived, but by the time I finished around 1:00, the parking lot was overflowing. I did the loop towards the end (Gudy Gaskell Trail / Clear Creek Overlook) and it was nice! Didn’t finish out the rest of Beaver Brook after the loop.

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Laura Reina
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bethany 420
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Hiking

amazing winter hike! theres a couple frozen waterfalls and the snow is packed down enough it was easy! spikes were helpful in some areas. we did the little loop toward the end and it was awesome. great day!

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Claudia Pohl
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Jamie Smith
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RunningIcyScramble

Overall trail was fun! First mile has a couple little scrabbles nothing technical. Trail is easy to follow definitely had some icy patches but no need for spikes my trail running shoes were good enough. One mile before and after the turnaround point was super cold and icy due to being very shaded. Views were good and had no wind! 60% runnable. Would definitely remember for running and hiking.

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Caroline Murray
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RunningIcyRockyScramble

Tackled 4 miles roundtrip yesterday morning before snow really started. Lots of ice patches the first 2-3 miles, to the point we turned around on our trail run (may or may not have eaten it and sprained my wrist lol). Some rock/boulder scrambles in those first couple of miles. Crampons will be beneficial, as would hiking poles. Lovely views, not too basy at all, but very cold in the shade. Bring proper gloves! Will definitely come back for a longer trail run when the weather gets warmer and the ice is gone. I imagine it's much icier and snowier after yesterday's/this morning's snowfall.

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Leah Pascal
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Hiking

Icy in many patches but a really nice n secluded trail :)

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Todd Erickson
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Moderate hike. Some ice but mostly dry with some mud. Very windy on ridges. Great winter hike close 2 Denver.

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C R
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Hiking

P Perfect trail. Beautiful views, very few hikers. Snow, frozen streams, and pine fragrant areas

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