Beaver Lake Trail

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Beaver Lake Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1689 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Pristine mountain lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Begin This trail is located off of Elk Creek Rd. In Beaver Creek Village. Beaver Lake located 9746 feet elevation.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous hike! There was quite a bit of snow on the trail so make sure to wear waterproof shoes. Very few people were on the trail. Our five year old had no problem keeping up.
We parked at the Ford garage in Beaver Village, hiked through the Five Senses Trail in town up to the trailhead of Beaver Lake Trail.

6 months ago

Wide trails, a bit icy at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful destination. Make a day of it though. The trek there is all uphill!

7 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

We took this tail from Allie's trail to head back down. Beautiful trail but LOTS of horse poop on the trail which makes it hard to find places to walk since it's everywhere.

hiking
7 months ago

We've done this one a couple times and it's such a wonderful, reasonable hike if you're looking for a beautiful wooded lake at the end! The first portion is a wide horse trail, which is steep, but easy going.

Make sure to pack a lunch and work your way around the lake to bask on one of the big rocks at the edge of the lake!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike worth for the lake . if you want to have fun, I recommend doing the loop through Royal Elk trail. There are two ways to do it: you can start from Beaver Creek village through the Five Senses Trail, to Beaver Lake and then back through Royal Elk trail or you can take the Centennial Gondola and hike Royal Elk down to the lake and then down to the village. the first option is uphill all the way while the 2nd is much easier as going downhill most of the way. it all depends on your fitness level !

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike in and out to Beaver Lake! Elevation gain can be a bit much for those not used to the high altitude, but still enjoyable!

7 months ago

Amazing up and back hike with beautiful scenery, great wildlife and a stunning mountain lake to camp or just have lunch and head back.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a lovely hike with the reward of the beautiful lake at the end… Be sure to hike to the other end of the lake to see the little waterfall :-)

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly straightforward trail - the lake is worth the trip. Beautiful lake - trees - great photos!

8 months ago

Beaver Lake is a great payoff at the end of a short hike! Takes me a little less than 2 hours from the village to the lake. Then you can cut across the ski slopes for about an hour and get a ride down on the goldola from spruce saddle.

8 months ago

What I liked: shady, steep trail with nice views and beautiful lake at top. Trail follows creek the whole way, so you get a nice soundtrack. If you don't fancy walking the boring road for the mile from village, get dropped off at trailhead instead.

hiking
8 months ago

GORGEOUS hike! So many tall wildflowers in beautiful hues of purples, oranges, yellows, and reds covered the slopes as well as tall green soft grasses. It was cool to see the trees change from Aspen to pine as we climbed in elevation. There's beautiful Aspen groves that you walk through at the beginning 1/3 of the trail.

When we got to the lake it was so calm and still with a little waterfall at the end. The water is freezing cold but definitely refreshing after hiking straight up for over 3 miles. It was so clear you could spot all sorts of trout hanging out near the shadows as well as a few big fallen trees that were submerged just below the surface.

Awesome hike and I highly recommend doing it on a hot day. Lots of shade and natural beauty everywhere you look.

hiking
8 months ago

We went from the village area of Beaver Creek and walked on 5 Senses Trail to where it met the trailhead for Beaver Lake Trail. You can also get dropped off right by Beaker Lake trailhead if you prefer (it's about .9 miles walking on 5 Senses up to Beaver Lake.) The 5 Senses Trail was still in the village so it wasn't as pretty- it got prettier and prettier as we went up to Beaver Lake. There are some great places to take pictures, and you can lay on one of the little beaches at Beaver Lake when you get to the top! Including the section I walked on 5 Senses Trail, the hike took a little over 2.5 hours walking at a moderate pace and stopping often to take pictures. I also walked around the lake area for a while which added to the time.

It was a pretty good trail! Was hoping to see a bit more wildflowers. The lake at the end was a bit more crowded than I like, but it was still nice. There is a small waterfall at the end!

8 months ago

Best way to do this - take the gondola up, then take the Royal Elk trail to intersect with the Beaver Lake Trail. Royal Elk is 90% downhill about 3 miles. At Beaver Lake intersection you have about 3/4 mile uphill to the lake. Then take the Beaver Lake to bottom via the Four Senses.

8 months ago

Fun moderate hike. Weather was great for our hike. Beautiful little Lake with great fly fishing for trout.

hiking
8 months ago

Good challenge and perfect for my dog since the trail is right beside a stream the entire way. He was able to jump in every so often to cool off.

In comparison with other lake hikes in Vail Valley, this one is unique in that you start and finish in the Beaver Creek village. My wife appreciated this as we were able to walk around town after the hike and window shop.

So basically, it has a little something for everyone! A great hike and I highly recommend it!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views as you follow the creek. Wife and smooth trails for a great portion of the hike. Some challenging stretches through rocky terrain. Sat and had lunch an the bank of the lake and watched the trout swim in the crystal clear water. Appropriate for all levels and ages.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail itself was so beautiful. My husband and I started with the Five Senses Nature Trail and continued on this one. I am not in the best of shape, so this hike was tricky. But with breaks and plenty of water, definitely doable and worth the views. We went on a weekday morning when it was not very busy. We were alone most of the time.

9 months ago

great hike! pretty much straight up to the top. Gorgeous, peaceful lake at the top. Trail is shared with horses so you have to watch your footing. It's stays along a gorgeous creek the whole time.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Went back on the Royal Elk trail then down the gondola rather than doing a straight out and back. A black bear ran across the trail and hung out about 20ft. into the woods about a quarter mile from the start. We were not expecting to see a bear on this heavily trafficked trail. Also saw a large deer right at the lake and a bunch of marmots.

hiking
9 months ago

It's a long way up to the lake but so worth it! There's a good variety of terrain and a lot of elevation. Bring lots of water, and be prepared to take spectacular photos!

hiking
9 months ago

It is challenging, especially with elevations I'm not use to, but is doable! Great views, awesome picture opportunities. Can't wait to go back!

hiking
9 months ago

It was fun

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail. Creek is alongside for most of the hike. Lake is beautiful. A word about getting to the trail: Park in the Gerald Ford parking garage; instead of walking alongside the access road for a mile, walk up the overlook trail to allie's way then connect with beaver lake trail on just west of lift 10. All in the forest but probably closer to 8-8.5 miles total.

hiking
9 months ago

Another lovely hike in the Vail Valley region. You can park in Beaver Creek garage, or even down at the parking area along hwy 6 and ride the shuttle up. Once there, start walking towards the church. You will see signs for Five Senses Trail. You can either follow that (it will take you through some younger Aspens) or walk along the side of the road next to the trail. Eventually you will see a sign on the right side of the road for the Beaver Lake trail. Shortly after that, you will pass the fire station, and once past that, it will lead into the forest for the rest of the trail. The trail is on a constant incline, but not overly strenuous. The latter half of the trail, is a bit more rocky, and you feel as though you are hiking through an old creek bed. As someone else mentioned the second half is prettier than the first. You eventually end up at the Lake. The trail does extend beyond that if you want more time on the trail. Otherwise you hike back. The decline back is not steep enough to feel it in your joints if you have any knee/hip problems. There are NO water stations or phones along the way to help you if you are feeling overheated, so be prepared and have water with you on the trail. Especially if you are hiking with pets. You do walk along the creek much of the hike, but currently it is going pretty fast to safely let your animals be drinking from the creek. So plan ahead. In general, I would say this is a moderate hike in that you are hiking up hill to get to the lake, and if you are older, or are a 'weekend athlete', you may feel it more than those who hike regularly and can practically jog this thing.

9 months ago

It is steep, and the lake is amazing! I just found it esthetically lacking. The lake is the big pay off, and the dogs loved it.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy, moderstly trafficked, uphill trail up to beautiful beaver lake.

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