Beaver Brook Trail

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Beaver Brook Trail is a 11.1 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
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1952 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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.

9 days ago

Little slushy for the first 1.5-2 miles but free and clear after that. Excellent views.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful, but long hike. Make sure you bring plenty of food and water. Trekking poles were also a life saver and highly recommended. We started at Chief hosa and went to lookout Mtn. Trail where we had a ride waiting for us. It’s 11 miles ONE WAY. The trail was slightly muddy in some spots, but not icy. There are some sketchy spots on the trail that leaves little room for error. It’s not a trail I would take little kids. I’ve done 15-20 mile trails before, but this one seemed more challenging to me for some reason. The views are gorgeous though.

hiking
18 days ago

An amazing views and I enjoyed the hike.. the hard about this hike is only the distance but it is fun to finish whole trail.

hiking
19 days ago

This one was a little more challenging than I had expected it to be, but it turned out to be super fun! Lots of icy spots still and there are also lots of areas where you are essentially just scrambling over rocks. The views are amazing though and worth the effort.

hiking
28 days ago

I've done Beaver Brook before but different trails and distance. It is always nice to challenge the rock climbing part of the hike. There were lots of icey spot still left and some spots are really muddy. Please do not wear sandals to this trail. It's not just dangerous but weird.. It was not something I expected to run into.

This is a perfect trail(s) for summer, lots of shades!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the full distance from Genesee Park to Lookout, then down Chimney Gulch.
A really unique trail for the front range: Great variety, mostly in the trees, amazing views for the second third of the hike looking down over clear creek canyon, and a pretty darn good workout.

Other than some icy patches in places (it's worse on the Lookout Mountain side), the hiking is pretty straightforward. After dropping down the Chavez Trail to the creek, the sign there is misleading: It says that during high water, the trail could be flooded, but I think the signmaker was misinformed and that information was meant for the loop-around to Beaver Brook back up to Genesee (these days, there are foot bridges over almost all water crossings, so the high water really isn't an issue anymore there). In any event, from that sign, the trail very quickly starts climbing straight out of the canyon...a pretty steep climb for a good 1/2 mile or more. Once things level out, that section is spectacular. The last third is deep in the trees with some quick scrambling in a couple of places (as others have mentioned).

hiking
1 month ago

Windy Saddle has 15 or so parking spots. I hiked full loop including small hike from Windy Saddle to Beaver Brook Trail Head Start (12 miles total) on 3/12/2018.
Ice in spots, and some mud and lots of walking on pine needles.
The first two miles have the best topography of a trail, with a small boulder field to climbing close to large rocks and small drop offs.
After that long winding trail until you get to the end and there can continue up to the top of the peak there. Great Views. I did not have spikes, but was glad to have hiking poles.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail 3/11/18. There are trail markers every half mile, I went to the 3 mile marker, which actually read 3.9 miles in on my Alltrails tracker. I wore my microspikes the whole way, it's patchy ice/dry but frequent enough ice I just left them on. This is a beautiful hike, only difficulty is parking, the lot is tiny so if you're meeting up with friends I would definitely carpool because it's very likely you won't both be able to park. The first mile has a boulder field and then navigating through some boulders, after that it's just walking a trail that meanders along the hillsides through sun and shade. At the end of the day going to the 3 mile marker and back tracked as 7.5 miles and took me almost 4 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

First mile was a bit icy but after that jus patches of ice. Most of the trail was manageable.

3 months ago

Good trail but really rugged. Wish people would clean up after their dogs along the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Rewarding views and rugged terrain. Definitely will go back. Parking is limited.

hiking
4 months ago

Right next to lookout mountain, awesome place to hike. Parking can get limited

5 months ago

My favorite hike so far

6 months ago

Pretty busy (ie be prepared to squeeze around others on the narrow trails), but aside from all the people it's gorgeous! Challenging, but easy enough to be enjoyable, and a quick drive from Denver.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice moderate hike. Enjoyable.

9 months ago

Went clockwise Beaver/Chavez

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

It sucks the first 2 miles cause of all the people but after that you hardly see anyone.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

awesome

hiking
10 months ago

Loved the trail!! I appreciate the Beauty around me, & except how the trail is.❤️

hiking
10 months ago

Not too difficult but very long if you do the whole trail. Lots of great views!

trail running
10 months ago

I run this trail a few times a season. Great workout. Varied terrain from boulder fields and scrambling to wildflower filled meadows and lovely forested sections. You can add miles by climbing Chimney Gulch trail out of Golden. Can be crowded in the first couple of miles but after that not many users. Other reviewers complain about unleashed dogs but I haven't really encountered that although I have run into a couple of unleashed cows :-)

10 months ago

It is beautiful but hell it is a lot of scrambling across small boulders. And not great for dogs. They had a really hard time going over the rocks. And the trail is narrow. Hardly room for more than one person. Maybe come without dogs but meh

hiking
11 months ago

Long hike, views mediocre compared to other trails that require similar effort. There were only 2 lookout points with decent views. Best was at the end after approx 5 miles with 400-500 ft steep climb, see my recorded track. Plan to eat lunch there if doing out and back.
Trail has lot of up/ downs. If starting from Windy Saddle, right near the beginning within 1-1.5 miles you will encounter boulder field and some climbing over boulders. There wasn't much traffic going out very early in the morning, but coming back lot of peeps with dogs, and runners.
It was just ok trail imho, not worth the length or effort. There are other more spectacular 11 mile trails around.
Only exciting thing that happened on my hike was - a giant >6 ft. Bull snake slithered 4 ft. right in front of me from one side of the trail and crossed over to the other side. By the time I fished out my iPhone it was already climbing up the other side. It was super fast. I did not even see it until it was in front of me on the trail. If I had been 4-5 steps ahead, it would have slithered over my feet! It was pretty big and cool! See pic.

11 months ago

An awesome trail but too many unleashed dogs. It's irresponsible dog owners that end up ruining it for us responsible and law abiding dog owners. Use your head people before they make this yet one more "no dogs" trail

11 months ago

tough but finishes it.

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