Explore the most popular lake trails near Avon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Per Forest Service recommendation, we ventured up the trail to see Beaver Lake to fly fish. While we know the area and expected snow pack, the trail gets covered and wet early, right after you see the Beaver Creek lifts, 8, 9, and 10. Lake is still frozen, so no fishing was to be had. Great trail though. Fun workout and awesome setting.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful place. The hike is moderate but gets harder in some areas. You can ride horses too.

walking
5 days ago

This place is my favorite spot in Avon. So peaceful. It’s not a trail though. You can bike and walk around

hiking
9 days ago

I would love to do this hike after the snow melts but won’t be here, we tried this hike May 9th. We almost made it to beaver lake, almost. So much snow and my husband started postholing with almost every step

Gorgeous hike! There was quite a bit of snow on the trail so make sure to wear waterproof shoes. Very few people were on the trail. Our five year old had no problem keeping up.
We parked at the Ford garage in Beaver Village, hiked through the Five Senses Trail in town up to the trailhead of Beaver Lake Trail.

Wide trails, a bit icy at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful destination. Make a day of it though. The trek there is all uphill!

Awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

We took this tail from Allie's trail to head back down. Beautiful trail but LOTS of horse poop on the trail which makes it hard to find places to walk since it's everywhere.

hiking
8 months ago

We've done this one a couple times and it's such a wonderful, reasonable hike if you're looking for a beautiful wooded lake at the end! The first portion is a wide horse trail, which is steep, but easy going.

Make sure to pack a lunch and work your way around the lake to bask on one of the big rocks at the edge of the lake!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike worth for the lake . if you want to have fun, I recommend doing the loop through Royal Elk trail. There are two ways to do it: you can start from Beaver Creek village through the Five Senses Trail, to Beaver Lake and then back through Royal Elk trail or you can take the Centennial Gondola and hike Royal Elk down to the lake and then down to the village. the first option is uphill all the way while the 2nd is much easier as going downhill most of the way. it all depends on your fitness level !

hiking
8 months ago

Fun hike in and out to Beaver Lake! Elevation gain can be a bit much for those not used to the high altitude, but still enjoyable!

Amazing up and back hike with beautiful scenery, great wildlife and a stunning mountain lake to camp or just have lunch and head back.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a lovely hike with the reward of the beautiful lake at the end… Be sure to hike to the other end of the lake to see the little waterfall :-)

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly straightforward trail - the lake is worth the trip. Beautiful lake - trees - great photos!

Beaver Lake is a great payoff at the end of a short hike! Takes me a little less than 2 hours from the village to the lake. Then you can cut across the ski slopes for about an hour and get a ride down on the goldola from spruce saddle.

What I liked: shady, steep trail with nice views and beautiful lake at top. Trail follows creek the whole way, so you get a nice soundtrack. If you don't fancy walking the boring road for the mile from village, get dropped off at trailhead instead.

GORGEOUS hike! So many tall wildflowers in beautiful hues of purples, oranges, yellows, and reds covered the slopes as well as tall green soft grasses. It was cool to see the trees change from Aspen to pine as we climbed in elevation. There's beautiful Aspen groves that you walk through at the beginning 1/3 of the trail.

When we got to the lake it was so calm and still with a little waterfall at the end. The water is freezing cold but definitely refreshing after hiking straight up for over 3 miles. It was so clear you could spot all sorts of trout hanging out near the shadows as well as a few big fallen trees that were submerged just below the surface.

Awesome hike and I highly recommend doing it on a hot day. Lots of shade and natural beauty everywhere you look.

The last review is right. It has the hike staring at the bottom of Lift 10 but you can't access that. You start in Beaver Creek Village and have about a 1.5 mile hike to get to where this says it starts. The trail goes past Beaver Lake so you can follow from where that hike starts. It was about 15.5 miles for us total. The hardest part is to Beaver Lake, the climb after that is very gradual. The trail is wet, along streams the entire way and has great wildflowers. I've hiked this several times and once ran into hikers that we're running from a bear (I never saw it) and have heard from many hikers that they've seen moose on the trail (never saw them either). I have however run into some scary lightening storms a few times. I try to be off that mountain by 1:00.

hiking
9 months ago

We went from the village area of Beaver Creek and walked on 5 Senses Trail to where it met the trailhead for Beaver Lake Trail. You can also get dropped off right by Beaker Lake trailhead if you prefer (it's about .9 miles walking on 5 Senses up to Beaver Lake.) The 5 Senses Trail was still in the village so it wasn't as pretty- it got prettier and prettier as we went up to Beaver Lake. There are some great places to take pictures, and you can lay on one of the little beaches at Beaver Lake when you get to the top! Including the section I walked on 5 Senses Trail, the hike took a little over 2.5 hours walking at a moderate pace and stopping often to take pictures. I also walked around the lake area for a while which added to the time.

It was a pretty good trail! Was hoping to see a bit more wildflowers. The lake at the end was a bit more crowded than I like, but it was still nice. There is a small waterfall at the end!

Best way to do this - take the gondola up, then take the Royal Elk trail to intersect with the Beaver Lake Trail. Royal Elk is 90% downhill about 3 miles. At Beaver Lake intersection you have about 3/4 mile uphill to the lake. Then take the Beaver Lake to bottom via the Four Senses.

Fun moderate hike. Weather was great for our hike. Beautiful little Lake with great fly fishing for trout.

hiking
9 months ago

Good challenge and perfect for my dog since the trail is right beside a stream the entire way. He was able to jump in every so often to cool off.

In comparison with other lake hikes in Vail Valley, this one is unique in that you start and finish in the Beaver Creek village. My wife appreciated this as we were able to walk around town after the hike and window shop.

So basically, it has a little something for everyone! A great hike and I highly recommend it!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views as you follow the creek. Wife and smooth trails for a great portion of the hike. Some challenging stretches through rocky terrain. Sat and had lunch an the bank of the lake and watched the trout swim in the crystal clear water. Appropriate for all levels and ages.

Such a beautiful hike. Loved it :-)

hiking
9 months ago

The trail itself was so beautiful. My husband and I started with the Five Senses Nature Trail and continued on this one. I am not in the best of shape, so this hike was tricky. But with breaks and plenty of water, definitely doable and worth the views. We went on a weekday morning when it was not very busy. We were alone most of the time.

hiking
9 months ago

7-27-17 The trail directions send you up to an area that is not accessible to the public. You actually have to park in the Gerald Ford parking garage, which is where I started. It adds a good 3.2 - 3.4 miles onto the total trip. I made it out and back in 5.5 hrs (including rest time) and clocked it at 15.1 miles.
This is definitely one of the most challenging and beautiful hikes I've been on. I think of it as having three parts: 1) parking lot to Beaver Lake; 2) Beaver Lake to the Mt. Grouse split; 3) Lower and Upper Turquoise Lakes. Part 1 is definitely the steepest part. You can take the 5 Senses Trail up from the parking garage or just follow the road like I did. Then, you take the Beaver Lake trail up. Once you get passed Beaver Lake, Part 2 is a little easier on the quads. It's more rolling there and lots of small and medium stream crossing. I didn't find this trail easy to get lost on other than one section towards the end of Part 2, but I easily back tracked and found the right way. All the fallen trees mentioned in previous posts have been cut and removed from blocking the path. The only fallen trees I saw were to keep you from going the wrong way. Part 3 has a small log you have to use to cross a stream, which was a bit challenging for me, but I made it fine both ways. After you see the lower Turquoise Lake (more swampy, but still pretty), you'll have about 10-20 minutes more (depending on how fast you hike) of steeper hiking til you reach Upper Turquoise Lake (the prettier of the two). Plus, many of the gorgeous wildflowers (see photos I posted) were on that stretch. The best part of this hike is the last 2 miles. It's tough to do it on a time constraint like I did, but it was so worth it! You can camp in that area of the Holy Cross Wilderness, but know that there are quite a few bugs this time of year when you reach the Turquoise Lakes. Check the waypoints I added for descriptions of where things are on the trail. Also, can confirm there is no snow on any part of the trail at this time.

great hike! pretty much straight up to the top. Gorgeous, peaceful lake at the top. Trail is shared with horses so you have to watch your footing. It's stays along a gorgeous creek the whole time.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike. Went back on the Royal Elk trail then down the gondola rather than doing a straight out and back. A black bear ran across the trail and hung out about 20ft. into the woods about a quarter mile from the start. We were not expecting to see a bear on this heavily trafficked trail. Also saw a large deer right at the lake and a bunch of marmots.

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