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.

trail running
7 days ago

Beautiful views & scenery most of the way. Went in October and bit more snow than expected!
But beautiful once you get to the lake. I wore running shoes and it was okay but hiking shoes would have made it easier!

A good bit of pavement to actually get to trailhead, then heavily trafficked. Good trail if your staying in Beaver Creek, otherwise there are better options.

hiking
25 days ago

this hike is a 99% incline uphill 3+ miles so be prepared for that. also be prepared that 80% of the hike you are looking out to not step in horse poop. it's a horse trail and human trail so constantly looking on the ground. other than That! beautiful views and a gorgeous lake at the top. you will be tired coming down and sore the next day!

A beautiful walk in a picturesque setting. A very rewarding walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Have hiked this trail 3 times. Always a pleasure. I take my dog. He loves the lake. I try to hike during the week to avoid crowds.

walking
1 month ago

Nice little park. Right off of I-70 but doesn't feel like it at all. Great place to stop to stretch your legs.

This was a very nice hike! It is about 2.0 miles to the lake, with easy-moderate hills the whole way, and it is basically in the shade the whole way. The lake itself is very pretty and a great place for a dog to go swimming and cool off. It would also be a gorgeous place to have a picnic.

Awesome trail!! Uphill the entire way to the lake but very scenic and interesting. The lake was beautiful! A great place to have a picnic!

hiking
1 month ago

Had the trail to Beaver Lake to ourselves for about 90% of the time. Eventually had 2 people riding horses pass at the lake. Instead of taking BLT back down we took the Royal Elk Trail across to the gondola - some great sights along the way. Around 6-6.5 miles total.

Beautiful trail and stunning lakes.

Of course it is all uphill to the lake but it is a beautiful trail. At the lake you have to deal with aggressive chipmunks ready and able to steal any and all snacks you have. Figure about 3 1/2 to 4 hours round trip. Great workout.

1 month ago

This was a very nice hike and worth the effort to get to the lake. Little muddy
through a short section with very minimal snow. Wild flowers haven't budded yet. Very peacful trek.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful, short walk around the lake! So fun to swing in the swings by the path.

hiking
2 months ago

An OK hike. Nice lake, nice stream beside trail. But, a pretty long and steep hike. You can no longer park at trailhead, must park in Ford parking instead, which adds a lot of mileage. It’s now 8 miles out and back, with 1,600 ft vertical. And, pretty crappy walking on a dirt road for several miles. Absolute worst part, was all the horse crap on the trail. Worst I’ve ever seen.

hiking
2 months ago

Experienced hiker. CO, CA, TN, MA, AR, TX and others. This trail has one direction and it is straight up. From the Beaver Creek Resort it's a 1.5 mile trail called five senses trail which is really just along the road to the Beaver Creek fire station. The trail is not an awful trail, though is not all that scenic. Anybody indicating that it's a moderate trail doesn't know they're talking about. This trail just goes up. We agree with others that Lake is scenic, but no more scenic than any other Alpine Lake. Do yourself a favor, pass on this trail and find another in the area more suitable for the investment of time and effort. David Joyner

hiking
2 months ago

It is bountiful lake and trail

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.

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.....

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months ago

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

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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.

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