Royal Elk to Beaver Lake

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Royal Elk to Beaver Lake is a 7.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
7.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
362 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views. Moderate trail, difficult to find footing at some points but good overall. It was fun to spot places we've skied in winter. We love the sound of the Beaver Creek that you can hear for about half of the trail.

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1 month ago

This was a great hike! It’s worth noting, like the other reviewers have mentioned, that Royal Elk Trail starts near the top of the gondola. We had a 6 and 9 year old with us and taking a ride up was a must. The gondola rides are $39/adult to go up, but if you walk the trails up leading to Royal Elk Trail, it is free to take the gondola down (5pm is the last ride down). Once you’re on the trail, you’re basically crossing the ridges horizontally until the very last portion of the trail where you take beaver lake trail up to beaver lake. Very scenic, lots of beautiful vegetation this time of year. The lake was beautiful and we actually took a dip!

1 month ago

We hiked up from Beaver Creek to the lake then backtracked to this trail and over to the gondola for a free ride down. It is absolutely breathtaking. There are so many wildflowers and scenic views. If you are coming from a much lower elevation (we came up from Tulsa, OK) I would recommend waiting a few days to adjust to the elevation before jumping onto this trail. It’s doable regardless, but breathing is also fun.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very scenic hike! You are in the wilderness a large portion of the time, and moments you are not, you get to see large ski runs that have been carved down the mountain. When you are in the middle of the ski runs you can see for miles! The path is narrow and my group had to hike single file, but it was still an absolutely wonderful experience! I recommend hiking up the mountain and taking this trail towards to gondolas to go back down and save your knees! The last 10 minutes portion of the hike was a bit grueling in the sun so I recommend starting early! Happy hiking!

2 months ago

Great hike. If you want a harder hike and not repeat a section take Ally’s trail to Beaver Lake Trail to the lake then come back and take Royal Elk to either gondola down or walk down to village. Close to 10 miles and all up hill great hike!

3 months ago

Best trail on the mountain. Technical, streams, trees, up and down, not too strenuous and great views of all of BC. Newbies, take the lift up , find trail just down from gondola, and get started. Ends at trail up to braver lake ( shout uphill hike). Have fun.

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