Beaver Lake Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews
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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
1,689 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.

5 days ago

My wife and I are 65 and in decent but not great shape. We loved this trail. The creek ran beside it most of the way, and most of the trail was wooded. The incline was challenging, but doable. The lake is amazing! We'll use this trail again. However, we really wish they could eliminate the horse poop.....

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5 days ago

This was an ok trail. It is a wide gravel trail that is a steady up. The end is the best part when you actually get more into hiking trails and finish up at the lake. The other downside is you out in the open most of the time

8 days ago

Not too difficult but pretty. Bring water and bug spray

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10 days ago

Good hike. Mostly old service road, so easy to walk and talk.

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12 days ago

absolutely loved this hike!! one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on! Start at 5 senses trail and take that up to the beaver lake trailhead! It didn’t take too long and walking along the river was spectacular. Highly recommend.

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18 days ago

Great moderate hike. All uphill to the lake. Took our 10,9, and twin four year olds. About 2 hours from the beginning of 5 senses trailhead to the lake with a short water break every 30 minutes.

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21 days ago

Great hike! We did this with our 4 and 7 yr old. They are awesome hikers though bc this was tough. 9.5 miles up a mountain with ~2k elevation gain.

26 days ago

We started from Beaver Creek and hiked up to the lake. Absolutely beautiful. We then backtracked to the Royal Elk and hiked to the gondolas for a free ride down. The whole time was amazing. My only recommendation is that if you are coming from a much lower elevation (we came from Tulsa, OK) is that you might want to wait a couple of days to adjust.

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29 days ago

We took the gondola up and started on Royal Elk Trail , which cuts across Grouse Mountain on a mostly downhill single track with a lot of shade. Beaver Lake is beautiful and a great place for a picnic. We went down the Beaver Lake trail and then cut across Village to Village over to Bachelor Gulch. 3.5 hours total and a great hike. Not too much uphill doing it this way but still a nice way to spend the day!

1 month ago

took our 7,8,&10 yr old on this hike, they loved the lake! it is a nice incline all the way up, take a lunch and enjoy the lake.

1 month ago

The first 1.5 miles is essentially walking through the ski resort. The last push to lake is not very impressive trail. The lake though is beautiful. The trail headed to turquoise lake was spectacular. If you have the extra time would recommend.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful with wildflowers, butterflies, deer and the beautiful lake. Hikes up Overlook to Allies Trail and back through Royal Elk. Going back is much more difficult. Would rate this more on the difficult side.

1 month ago

Great Hike! Rewarded with the beautiful lake at the end!!

1 month ago

This was a very fun trail! We began on the five senses trail at 8 in the morning and from there began the beaver lake trail. The five senses trail takes you through a residential area, however there is still plenty to experience. Within the first ten minutes of starting our hike we saw a fox! The trail to beaver lake was wide and allowed my group of four to have fun and chat with one another along the way. We saw deer, beavers, and marmots! The hike is shaded a large portion of the way. Certain times we got a bit winded going up hill, but then again we were all coming from sea level and hadn’t quite acclimated to the thinner air. Right before the sign for royal elk trail appeared, the path got fairly thin and my group had to walk single file for the last ten minutes or so. Once we reached the lake it was stunning! I believe packing a lunch would be wise (or at least a snack) because my group was fairly hungry by this point. Take time to relax and enjoy the scenery! It is also worth it to walk along some of the small paths near the lake and make your way around to see different perspectives! There were tons of cute little alpine squirrels to sit and watch as well. From this point we turned around and went to the royal elk trail. This trail cuts horizontally across the mountains towards the gondolas. This trail was thin the entire time and my group had to walk single file the whole way. Sometimes the terrain was challenging for my group, but with frequents breaks we powered through. I was hoping to see more animals on this trail, however that was not the case. Royal elk was challenging, but in a fun way that brought my group together. At the end of royal elk trail it was 12 noon (4 hours from the start of the hike). I wish we began an hour earlier because by eleven in the morning the sun started heating things up more than I would like (nothing unbearable just a personal preference). Eating lunch and having a brew at the restaurant and then taking the gondola for FREE down was worth all the hard work we put into the hike! Overall this hike was great! We never had to go down hill during the hike which really saved my knees. If you are in Beaver Creek , I highly recommended taking the morning to complete this hike. It is very enjoyable, you get some spectacular views, encounter some friendly animals, and it is an absolute blast to do with family and friends.

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1 month ago

Took Centennial Lift up, hiked over to and through a Royal Elk, up to Beaver Lake. The lake is lovely and very full of fish...cutbows, I believe. This route is not much uphill. There are a couple climbs but mostly downhill. Saw people on the trail with no water or packs. That was stupid! Seemed fine for dogs...there were quite a few with people.

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1 month ago

Fun trail, I thought it was very scenic and definitely a strong moderate trail that was challenging. We followed the Five Senses trail out of the Beaver Creek area, easy to find from the Centennial Lift. We did not stay on the road, but followed the trail near the creek to the Beaver Lake trailhead. From there it is basically 2.5 miles up the long hill to the lake. Unfortunately like other reviewers have mentioned, the horse manure along the way was very annoying. About every 20-30 yards was another load on the ground, which I could have lived with but since it was fresh, it attracted flies and took away from the wonderful pine scent. We took the Royal Elk trail on the way. back. I highly recommend this route as it was even more challenge and very pretty though the mountain to get to the Centennial chair lift. Also, no horse manure. Plus there were bathrooms, food and beer at the Lift.

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1 month ago

Start on 5 Senses trail in Beaver Creek Village. This will get you into wilderness faster. The whole trail was pretty easy to navigate. It’s best to start early. We set out at 9:00 and should have started about 8:00. Please go all the way to the lake, it’s worth it. Please venture into the lake for a dip, you worked this hard, reward yourself. On the way back down turn onto Royal Elk Trail and follow that to the Gondola. Royal Elk is a 2.5 mile hike that cuts across the mountain. They are FREE to ride down.

1 month ago

Nice hike. The first section goes through parts of Beaver Creek Resort which is nice but quite developed.
Steep parts are reasonable.
Wish they had some distance markers to encourage the novice.

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1 month ago

Took my 8 and 11 year old. We started from the beaver creek lodge at about 9:30 am. We saw fantastic wildlife as soon as we passed all the buildings. It is quite a climb- my kids struggled often throughout. Might have been because we’re from Indiana and we notice the thin air here. Beautiful scenery especially when you reach the lake. We had lunch and the chipmunks were very entertaining and friendly. The climb down was very easy and quick.

Great trail, great views. Serves as a good beginner trail for new hikers in fairly decent physical condition.

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1 month ago

This trail doesn't get very good until 2 miles in. No parking is allowed at the actual trailhead or on the street, so you must park at the Beaver Creek parking structure. From there it's about a mile walk following a paved road to the actual trailhead. From the trailhead, it's another mile before it starts to feel more secluded and away from the resort. Nice and shady in the morning, but still required 1L+ of water. Lots of little stream crossings and access to the creek for my dog to catch a drink of water and cool off. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do this trail again unless I was staying IN Beaver Creek. Takes too long to become secluded. Took about 2h 30m from the parking structure and back and had the lake to myself around 9:50 AM on a Thursday.

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3 months ago

Per Forest Service recommendation, we ventured up the trail to see Beaver Lake to fly fish. While we know the area and expected snow pack, the trail gets covered and wet early, right after you see the Beaver Creek lifts, 8, 9, and 10. Lake is still frozen, so no fishing was to be had. Great trail though. Fun workout and awesome setting.

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3 months ago

Beautiful place. The hike is moderate but gets harder in some areas. You can ride horses too.

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3 months ago

I would love to do this hike after the snow melts but won’t be here, we tried this hike May 9th. We almost made it to beaver lake, almost. So much snow and my husband started postholing with almost every step

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9 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.

10 months ago

Wide trails, a bit icy at the top.

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10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Awesome!

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11 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.

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11 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!

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