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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.

2 days ago

Be sure you know when the lift closes , if you hope to ride down. Beautiful hike, on a well maintained trail. It does go up up up, except one brief section,though lovely woods and across the ski runs. I was afraid I took a wrong turn when the trail headed downhill for a short time, but no, soon I was back to heading up. The sign at the top said this hike is 4 miles one way, I have good knees, but I was still ready to ride the lift down. I arrived at the top at 5:15pm, and the lift had closed at 5pm. The kind and fun lift operators gave me a ride down .

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.....

2 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

definitely worth making the extra miles!

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!

Great hike with beautiful views! Worth it to go to the upper lake. Left at 7:30am on a Sunday morning and on the way up only ran into a few people. On the way back, once you get closer to Beaver Lake, lots more traffic. Took us about 6.5 hours starting from Beaver Creek / Five Senses Trail. Out and back was about 16 miles. Trail is easy to follow.

Not too difficult but pretty. Bring water and bug spray

Pretty mostly shaded well maintained route through aspen groves. Hiked in early August when wild thimble berries plentiful along the trail. Lovely bridge across clear stream. Enough uphill to get our hearts pounding. Downhill portion (Cinch ski trail) not exciting but pretty views of Beaver Creek resort below.

7 days ago

Used allies way and overlook trails on way back down beaver lake trail. Nice trail through trees. Watch for bikes.

7 days ago

Good option coming back from beaver lake trail via allies way versus just out and back . Nice to be in trees and traversing ski slopes after being on old road.

7 days ago

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

7 days ago

Very nice hike! Close to the beginning, the trail goes through a tunnel for a bit. Lots of wildflowers & tall grasses. 2.5 hours and mapmyfitness said just under 5 miles round trip. The Last Mile up is a steady incline.

I and a coworker hiked up on a day off.

As previous reviews have stated, the most technically demanding portion of the hike is getting to beaver lake. The beaver lake portion is heavily trafficked, and while nice, it in no way compares to the second portion of the hike.

Once you pass Beaver lake the tourist traffic dies down immensely. It’s very serene, much less physically taxing and overall a much more enjoyable hike.
It’s another 4-5 miles to get to turquoise lakes but you cover ground much quicker and believe me, the payoff is SOOOOO worth it.
I highly recommend continuing on to the second lake as it’s very close and it sits directly under the mountain.

This next portion I highly discourage without previous experience with scrambling loose terrain, but I still want to tell about it.

I (being the adrenaline junkie I am) decided to climb straight up to the ridge-line of the mountain and the payoff was a magnificent view of the next mountain range over as well as access to the summit of Mount Jackson.
But once again, I highly discourage this unless you have experience ascending steep loose terrain as the route up needs to be carefully picked.

9 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.

Difficult but fun! One hell of a leg workout!

15 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.

18 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.

did this in November with my 15 and 9 year old sons. great day and just challlanging enough.

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.

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.

26 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!

mountain biking
28 days ago

I went today for my first time mountain biking experience and it was a very good experience, not easy, not hard, it’s a fair challenge to people who wants to give a little extra of what they can.

Overall: Good Trail

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.

Amazing, my miniature poodles and I were the only ones on this trail. Granted, driving the 4WD road was a killer to get to the trailhead, but it’s way better than hiking it. You’re immediately in the wilderness, on steep switchbacks up. It’s worth the effort when you reach the ‘pass,’ before the trail descends to the lake. We went up off trail, to get photos of the Gore Range, Holy Cross and all glory!

Beautiful trail!

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.

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.

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

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of native cutthroats in the upper lake.

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