Beaver Creek Trail to Marion Gulch

MODERATE 6 reviews
#153 of 193 trails in

Beaver Creek Trail to Marion Gulch is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.0 miles
2,595 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers


Directions from Glenwood Springs: From Glenwood Springs, travel on County road #117 approximately 11 miles. Before you reach Sunlight Ski Area, follow the gravel road #300 to the right for 4 miles until you reach 4-mile park. Continue on road #300 to the south end of the park. Just before reaching the timber you will notice a bulletin board on the left side of the road. This bulletin board is the trailhead for the Beaver Creek Trail. This trail can also be accessed via the natural gas pipeline located 5 miles beyond 4-mile park on road #300. The pipeline is closed to motor vehicle travel (including ATV), but is open to foot, horse and bicycles.

8 months ago

Hard to find the trailhead, but worth it when you do. Park at the final parking area before the road turns into a ranch private road. Then when you see the fire ring, turn left and walk through the grass until you see a small trailhead. It is near the Rifle Water sign. You’ll cross a covered log over the creek and the trail is easy from there. One of my favorite hikes. It has great variation, isn’t too challenging, and it has AMAZING views. In the summer, the wildflowers are amazing. You feel like you’re on top of the world.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A moderate hike, initially summits a ridge and then wraps back around into denser forest. The first part of the trail is a little rough, but it is better once on the ridge. The trailhead is hard to find - look for the larger "Rifle Water" sign just to the north of the parking lot, and then fallow that trail to the creek, where you'll have to cross it via a large fallen tree.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The road was Not paved and went on forever. We took it to the end and only found a small area by the creek with fire pits from former campers. The trailhead, if we were at the right place, was not marked. There were paths by the creek, which seemed to end with thick foliage. If you are adventuresome, wear long pants and bring a machete. Lots of oil tankers going up and down the narrow gravel road. A nice man in a welding truck gave us fm directions, but we never saw a trailhead marker. Try another option. We wasted the morning.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great trail for photography and dogs. Hit it just after peak of falls colors. Will be back. Lots of small waterfalls, wildlife and I inagine a lot of wildflowers July August. Mostly shaded hike.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, July 18, 2016