Beaver Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain925 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingLakeWildlifeCity walkFee
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$9 entrance fee. Nice short hike, and lots of beautiful Aspens. Road noise is a little bit of a nuisance at the start, but it gets really quiet immediately after.

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Emily Christensen
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HikingIcySnow

Trail was icy but not a problem with micro spikes. We apparently went counter clockwise because WOW it was steep for so long. The trail didn’t offer great views which was a bummer. But was well worth it for the cardio! Took us (both mid twenties) 1 hour 50 minutes to complete. Only saw one other couple and we started around 8:00 am

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Aime Pasiennik
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HikingFeeIcySnow

Like prior reviews, should've gone counter clockwise as the descent at the end is extremely steep for a while and not enjoyable. But not sure we would've enjoyed going up it either. No lookout at top but nice views. Saw a herd of deer. Probably a better hike in the fall when aspens are changing colors? Lots of shade. It's a workout. Be sure to pay fee at the visitor center .5 mile up road. No box at trailhead. Only passed three people in late afternoon.

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Noah Lambert
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Snowshoeing

Good time. Good intro snowshoeing warm-up for the season

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Jason Ross
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Nice lil loop. Hike counterclockwise for to gain very

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Jeff Earnshaw
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Katie Harding
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Hiking

Beautiful. If you go counterclockwise you get the steep section going uphill (my preference). Trail was nicely empty on Sunday morning.

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Charlie McCowan
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Carrie Oliver
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Tamara Wauchope
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We took the counter clock route unknowingly. It was a relatively steep hike - pretty tired. The trail was exceptionally beautiful especially with the gold aspen leaves about. Highly recommend

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Rachel Webb
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This hike was STRAIGHT UP the first half - we went clockwise. I was out of breath multiple times & I hike frequently! Pretty trail but holy cow it was exhausting.

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Kayla Cemensky
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Raquel Wise
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Beautiful time of year!

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Brittany Zuber
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Mariah Marie
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Make sure to bring $9 cash for the park fee. If you take a right at the start of the loop, the first .65 miles up are pretty steep before the incline levels out. Good wooded hike with a couple views through the tree, but overall, not a lot of lookouts.

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Christopher Cox
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Cole Branch
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Azazel Crowley
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eldy elena
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HikingFeeGreat!

Definitely go clockwise for a more gentle ascent. Saw a moose and her baby passing through! Good shade to start and fairly low traffic but very hot and hazy from wildfires. The fee slips and box was at the next Lake not at Slough.

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Jennifer L
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HikingGreat!

A little noisy and few great views, but a great little hike in the forest if the goal is an escape from people. Hudson (my pup ) and I went counterclockwise and were happy enough! If the worry is sunshine, the hike starts and ends in shade!

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Dan D
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Lucas Carpenter
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Good hike, just not my favorite views

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Molly Norton
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Didn’t see another soul. Went counterclockwise for the challenge and to tire out my pup.

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Lisa Cl
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So when I got to the trail I had no cell service and I forgot to save the trail in the app. I could not remember if the advice was to go clockwise or counter clockwise. It’s COUNTER! but I chose wrong and went clockwise. About .6 miles of straight up steep slope I threw in the towel and headed back down. I was wearing keen sandals and they were the wrong kind of shoe for this trail. You need something with excellent traction to get back down that side. The sign about the bears and mountain lions at the base made me nervous too as I was there alone in the evening with yummy granola in my pack. That said.... today I get bear spray, get out the hiking boots, and a hiking stick for that slope and try again, going the RIGHT direction.

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Manuel Gurrola
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Go counterclockwise! Nice trail. Steep.

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Abby Domenico
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HikingRocky

Great, rocky trail. There’s some shade and it’s fairly dense throughout the hike—perfect for doggos. I really appreciated the comments suggesting you go clockwise at the first fork. It’s much less steep. With that said, the way down the trail is rocky and steep.

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Shelby Wones
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Easy going trail. Well maintained and it’s well forested on the way up. The way down runs along 46 and you can hear traffic.

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