Beaver Creek Trail to Marion Gulch is a 13.2 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.