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Beaver Meadows Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.8 mi Elevation gain 2,828 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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The access from the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area is closed to vehicular traffic Labor Day through June 15. These trails are accessible from other Forest Service trails in the area. Also, as of July 1, 2020 a state hunting or fishing license is required to access the SWA.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Evergreen: Travel west on Upper Bear Creek Road for 10 miles to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area, then go west to the Camp Rock Trailhead. The road in the State Wildlife Area is closed intermittently in the fall for hunting season and from January 1 to June 15.

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Maryan Lerner
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Janie Rausch
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Gave one star because currently you MUST have a fishing or hunting license to access the trail.

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Amy Long
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Very well marked. Beaver Meadows to Resthouse Trail takes you right to Lincoln Lake. As someone else said, hauntingly beautiful burn scars. The first 2/3s of the hike before the burn scar is nicely shaded, then totally exposed. We saw very few people on the hike. The road to the trail head is somewhat washboarded and rough but it was very doable in my Impreza.

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Janae Newman
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Hiked on Friday, August 14 and connected Beaver Meadows to Resthouse. Started at 6:30 in the morning - hardly any cars in the lot. Saw NO ONE on our way up. Two solo hikers at Lincoln Lake with us, but for a while we had it to ourselves. Only saw one person on the way down until near the bottom when some weekend backpackers were heading out. Including time at the lake and small adventures, we logged 12.1 miles in 7 hours and 8 minutes, with an hour of rest time/breaks. The burnout area is hauntingly beautiful. This hike is definitely on the harder side of moderate during some of the steeper portions, but it's a doable longer hike with less people than other trails. It's mixed terrain if you go all the way to the lake - some tree coverage, followed by an open area, and some potential scrambling at the lake.

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Kate Eaton
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Got to the trailhead at 7:30 on Saturday. Surprisingly, the road wasn’t completely full of cars yet. I have previously camped at camp rock and done beartracks counter clockwise, so I’ve been excited to get back and explore more in the area. Planned to backpack in and stay the night at Lincoln Lake. Ended up not staying overnight because of the enormous smoke cloud coming over from the east and packed up about 6 pm. Managed to get back to the trailhead around 8 pm. Aside from that hiccup, amazing day! Great trail-for a day hike, I would rate it on the harder side of moderate, but with a full pack it definitely earned the hard rating. Once the trail broke off to rest house, it wasn’t as well-traveled but still in great condition. As others have said, it’s a burn area, so no shade... but tons of fireweed and other flowers plus amazing views! Lincoln lake was spectacular - mostly because the limited number of people, but also because of the fish! Caught two before deciding to pack out. Also jumped in the water. It was refreshing and not as cold as some other alpine lakes :) would recommend this hike to folks looking for a challenge and a good fishing hole.

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Summer M
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The trail is relatively moderate. Nothing spectacular about the views, but the trail is fun, well managed, and pretty. There is never more than .5 miles of steep incline without a flatter terrain following. 4 miles into the trail you began the steady incline, and the last 1.8 miles are very daunting, probably giving this trail its hard rating. The lake at the top is worth it. Very long & tiring! Be prepared.

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Oliver Olderog
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Max Lawrence
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I hiked this trail on 7 Aug 2020. I feel this is a "hidden gem" trail. The road to get there was kinda rough so if you have a low vehicle be very careful on the dirt road to the trail head. There were some cars and tents around the trail head when I started but I didn't see another person on the trail until a mile or so down on my way back from the lake. I saw more people on my way down, but probably not more than 20. At the 1.5 mile mark I came to a meadow area and saw two moose in the shrubs eating. At the 3.5 mile mark you'll change over to Resthouse trail, don't add 2 miles like I did by going the wrong way...twice. As Jenny mentions, the ascent is a burn area and no shade so you’ll enjoy some nice views. I had the lake to myself so I hung out for a bit before returning. Probably of my favorite hike here in CO yet. I would rate it on the harder end of the “moderate” rating. Definitely would recommend.

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Christopher Quinn
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I thoroughly enjoyed this strenuous hike. Other than a couple people by the trailhead, I saw not a soul on my entire hike on a Monday afternoon. Lots of moose scat but no sightings. The first half is partially shaded as it roves largely through forested area. Trail was all clear. Go while Mt Evans highway is closed!

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Jenny Zichterman
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This is a good, steadily steep trail! The entire trail was clear and dry on June 16th. I saw a moose in the meadows, which was great! Once you transition onto the Resthouse trail, you are going through a burn area and there is no shade until you get to the lake.

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Veronica Sparks
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Wanted to make it to the lake, but 4/10 mile away a storm quickly started to set in. Turned back there. The storm blew over, only got hit with a little rain, but it wasn’t worth the risk. Once you split off onto resthouse trail, it doesn’t look very heavily trafficked. The trail is still easy to follow, but slightly overgrown. Saw a big mamma moose and a baby near the last lake before the summit lake trail splits off. Just after that you exit the trees and are pretty exposed for the last portion of the hike. Overall, pretty nice hike. Fairly steady elevation gain throughout. Trail isn’t too rocky. First portion is fairly soft from all the pine needles.

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Cynthia Lane
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Hiked this in good weather conditions in early July. Trailhead was pretty crowded with cars due to lots of holiday weekend campers and backpackers. Trail was well maintained. Lots of mosquitoes due to recent heavy rain. Would suggest remembering bug spray, which we forgot to bring. Once we turned off Beaver Meadows Trail towards Lincoln Lake, we never saw any other hikers. Definitely the trail less traveled. Beautiful hike through many different landscapes.

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Michelle W
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Tried to hike this today but the entire wilderness area is closed Labor Day through mid November to everyone unless you are hunting and fishing. (And again from Jan 1-Jun15)

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Timothy L.
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this is a great Trail! It has everything you would want to see! Plenty of water Crossings to water the fur children!

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Madeline Lane
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Great hike. Short trip to Beaver meadow and picnic shelters then tons of longer options and gorgeous views! great spot.

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Andrew Atchley
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FYI locked gates 4.5 miles from the trailhead during winter. went this morning but didn't feel like "hiking" on the road for 4 miles before the actual trail. could be good for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing once there's more snow. will try again in the summer!

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Tim Campbell
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Cool trail, hiked from here up the connecting Resthouse Meadows trail. The burn area here coupled with some interesting rock formations gives some great views of the surrounding area. We bushwhacked off the trail a bit to climb one of the rocky outcrops in the burn area. Very nicely secluded area, definitely worth checking out. The small parking lot was full when we arrived, but it seemed like most who parked there were camping at the Camp Rock or Beaver Meadows campgrounds. Saw maybe two other groups on the actual trail on a Saturday in August (nice!).

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Ralph Bradt
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The Beaver Meadows trail is only about 3.5 miles long from the Camp Rock trailhead to the junction with the Cub Creek and Resthouse Meadows trails. 7 miles round trip. Can be combined with Cub Creek and Beartracks trails into a nice loop hike.

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Scott Holiday
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This is one of the best hikes I've ever done! You start out in very dense Old Growth Pine and the ground is covered in moss and there were huge mushrooms of every kind of color all over the place. Eventually you break out into a meadow with very nice beaver ponds with visible lodges. This is followed with a nice moderate climb where you break out to great views of Mt Evans, Mt Spalding, Mt Rosalie, and the Pegmatites to the left. Spectacular views I'm tellin' ya! Then lots of ups and downs in and out of dense pine with differnt views every time you come out. Finally at the end of this loop you walk through an old fire site with thousands of burned pines and huge boulder and rock formations. Fairly long hike that I would call Intermediate. One of the best things is we saw maybe 8 people in 3 separate groups the whole time we were on the trail and this was in August.

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Rachael Thomas
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emily gilligan
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Bret Kershner
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Jay Rowe
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jeff spence
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Mary Tribbett
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Ankit Gupta
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Janae Newman
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Zachary Bennett
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Genevieve Ure
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Eric Sapp
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