Upper Beaver Meadows Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Directions from Estes Park: Follow Hwy 36 west to the Park Headquarters. From the Headquarters, drive 2 miles and look for the Beaver Meadows Road on the west side of the road on a hairpin curve.
Upper Beaver Meadow Road was closed, so we parked off the mail road and walked. Dogs are allowed on the road (we saw at least three people with dogs on leashes), but not on the actual trail.
This is a good nature walk for groups and families. It is a horse trail, so beware. Often see animals in the Fall weeks. Not as pretty as other hikes.
As another here has suggested, do the Beaver Mountain Loop which combines some trails for a much better experience. Doing in mid September is even better with the aspens in color within this area. Easy to moderate 6 mile hike.
nice wander through the trees, good for kids
The view on the trail was almost completely of dead trees. The trail is also a horse trail so it's covered with horse dung. The highlight is the trailhead at the car park, there is a good view of the mountains, a stream, and the meadow which the elk seem to like. Skip the hike and just enjoy the view from there.
Easy and a pretty hike.
Nice hike with a cold stream at the end.
great trail for birding
Not challenging, but beautiful surroundings and lots of elk. A nice family activity for a weekend afternoon.
Did this hike in the Spring took pics of a herd of Elk, A great meadow to hike through
We did the Beaver Meadows Loop which joins 3 trails to make a nice 5.1 mile glorious hike through Aspens and Ponderosa Pines. The Welcome Center has it mapped out cuz most online sources don't. If you hike this in the fall it's guaranteed Elk. They are eating the Aspens. If you do the loop it gains 900 ft. But it's gradual. This is a fav hike.
Easy, Fun trail with great views, and got to see quite a few Elk.