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So nice! Beautiful meadows and wildflowers. We did have some difficulty at Panorama View with the trail markings, but it was quite a lovely hike.

Great wildflower hike and tons of aspens!

I found the waterfall. It's definitely not what I was expecting, but very zen. It's about 2 miles in on Beaver Brook. I'm sure snow melt feeds this so it my not always flow with enough water to create the fall effect. Overall great views with a little scramble! After about 3 miles in the trail gets pretty quiet. I didn't see hardly anyone until after 11am. Started right around 700am. Hit the full 13.3 mile route.

It’s a nice trail because it’s close to Denver and it really does have beautiful vista views. It’s extremely rocky and takes a lot of concentration. But we only did 6 miles.

I went counterclockwise. Started later than I'd like at 1030 and it got really hot really fast. The last two miles or so of the loop are fairly exposed. I bring this up because the trail was very hot on my dogs paws. Had I know better, I'd have hiked clockwise allowing for more shade and plenty of water crossing for my dog. Also, my Suunto GPS measured the hike at 7.1 miles.

hiking
15 days ago

Not the best trail I have been on but certainly not the worst. If you're looking for gorgeous views and/or some sort of a peak to work toward, seek another trail. For the workout and the workout alone, this trail earns four stars. Views, maybe a three at best. If you follow this path from Lookout, your last two miles are going to be pretty tough after the 9.5 before the finish as you begin with some rock scrambling and, likewise, end with it. While there are some great views, this should mostly be appreciated for its exercise challenge. Bring more water than needed and some snacks/food as well. You'll need it. Probably won't be doing this one again. Kind of boring.

This trail has so much variety! I love all of the shade , the stream crossings and even the excitement of keeping a look out for mountain lions. I was alone, hiking/ jogging from about 3-5:15 pm. I was happy to see other hikers and mountain bikers on the trail, because I agree with the trailhead sign advice ,” Do not hike or run this alone! “. I did get a little spooked on some of the densely wooded area sections by the river. The breeze was delightful today, along with the variety of wild flowers and great views.

Great trail; with a bit of history.

hiking
22 days ago

this is a beautiful trail! My Boys and I loved it. I like that it has so many ups, downs and flat. It was a great with beautiful views!

hiking
22 days ago

Very nice hike! I started at the Barn Knoll parking lot, crossed the street and started on the trail there. I would rate the trail as easy-moderate. There are two slightly steep areas and the length of the trail gets the moderate rating. The rest is a very gradual incline, down, or flat. Lots of different scenery. I really liked the Frazer Meadow portion of it. At the panoramic overlook, finding the trail again to continue is confusing. Exit the platform to the right and find the raccoon trail and take it left. To the right is a raccoon loop that will add 2.0 miles to your hike. A little ways down after you went left it indicates that you are on the the mule deer trail (and raccoon trail) and on the way back to Barn Knoll parking. This portion of the trail is very single track and surrounded by high grass. It almost seemed more like a horse trail than a hiking trail, but was okay for the 1.5 of it like this.

on Beaver Brook Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Saw a rattlesnake on the trail! Didn't get too far, but it's a gorgeous trail, hope to do more soon. Definitely pretty rocky and some scrambling.

loved it and the views were amazing. loved the rush

Fairly easy hike except the hike through the pines to the peak was a lot for this Texan. Tons of access to fresh water for the pups. Saw a lot signs of wildlife but no encounters. The trail is very clearly marked which is appreciated due to all the turn offs. A lot of shaded spots except for the way down the mountain. Not crowded at all but it was also a Wednesday. I would love to go back to this trail and with the many Golden has to offer I want to try them all.

hiking
1 month ago

Parts of this trail were fantastic and others were a bit less exciting. The apex of the loop doesn’t have much a view as you’re walking through the forest going up then just transitions downward. You have to take the side trail up to windy peak for a summit type view which was a really nice spot to stop and hang out on the rocks. Going counterclockwise you have a ton of fun creek crossings at the beginning of your advent. The last bit coming back to the start of the loop had some beautiful open hillsides with all the wildflowers in bloom early June.

This was the first trail we did with the kids. A peaceful hike. The trail was rocky and the elevation was at the beginning of the trail.

beautiful hike and views. some rock scrambling. not the best trail for running shoes, the rocks were a little intense on my feet, wear well cushioned runners or boots. start early too, we were afraid of running out of daylight so only did some of the trail.

This hike was overall very beautiful. However, it took about 8 miles to hike the whole thing and it was fairly difficult (towards the middle). In fact, the park classifies it as difficult! Plan being on taking at least 3 hours to finish or more and completely exhausted by the end!

In addition, a stream runs beside the trail and is relaxing and extremely enjoyable! The Mountain View was pretty and worth the hard work. I would definitely go again in the near future!

hiking
1 month ago

The full loop took us about four and a half hours. The whole hike was gorgeous. The stream ran next to the trail for most of the time.

There’s a $7 park entrance fee that you have to pay with cash.

The best view isn’t actually from the peak. It’s actually from west side of the peak. If you continue walking down the trail you’ll get to really see out onto the other peaks and valleys nearby.

Would definitely recommend this trail. Had a great time but was completely exhausted by the end.

Beautiful hike, highly recommended. Many stream crossings! We did counter clockwise, which with hindsight is IMO the best way. This way you also get the mountain bikers from the front, as that as their preferred direction. It was 7.3 miles for us though.

Beautiful trail with great views! Pretty easy to access and lots of parking at several trail heads. Some parts of the trail aren't well marked and it could use a bit more upkeep.

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorites so far. Definitely more on the difficult side of moderate. We went counterclockwise and ended up avoiding a lot of the crowd which was nice. Pretty steady incline the first half of the hike, then a really nice decline along the creek. Ended with a little incline again before hitting the final decent back to the trail head. My Fitbit tracked this as 8 miles so I’m not sure what the discrepancy was there. Beautiful aspens throughout the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful aspens, mostly shaded, along a babbling brook in the beginning with lots of little blue butterflies keeping us company. Got there by 8:30am and experienced a mostly empty trail. There was a bathroom at the trailhead, and it was a peaceful hike. We hiked up to rim meadow where mule deer crossed and hiked back the way we came. Trails were well maintained but it was rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

We went counterclockwise and everything started out smooth. You definitely feel the burn when you get close to the Burro Trail around the 3-4 mile mark. The pup played in the creek every time we went to cross it, so he also had a good time. There’s lots of wildflowers blooming. Didn’t see any wildlife, but did find some moose scat (or elk, not entirely sure).

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with a good mixture of elevation changes. Our dog loved the creek the trail follows most of the way as well.

Nice little hike. Went on a Friday 5/18/2018; day before and during our hike it was sunny, partly cloudy, went up around 9AM. Saw a few hikers, especially where some of the trails meet up. The meadow was pretty, and signage available throughout the route was helpful to understand the history of trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Still one of our favorites. Although it was very foggy this day and there were no views from Windy Peak, the hike through the foggy forest was surreal. The brook was running pretty good and made for a nice soundtrack to the hike and a few waterfalls. Very quiet because of the weather. However this trail tends to be pretty quiet most days. Great hike no matter the weather.

Quiet day on the trail, foggy, but beautiful! Buffalo Bill Trail to Beaver Brook Trail - Windy Saddle Open Space 13.4 miles round trip. I did not see a waterfall that was listed in the description. There is a small water feature around mile 3 but other then that there was not any waterfalls.

The first couple miles starting at trailhead are rocky and you’ll have to scramble a little. Due to trails proximity to a main road, the first couple miles of the trail have moderate hiker traffic. Once you pass the overlook views in first couple miles of trail, there is little to no hiker traffic. Trail as a whole is difficult due to length, but the change in elevation isn’t that noticeable or hard. Once you arrive to loop, trail leads you to open field area with good views. Overall I recommend trail to anyone needing a good workout or trail run.

Loved it. Definitely need good shoes for this trail, lots of maneuvering/climbing around rocks. It was clear and beautiful the whole way.

on Mule Deer Trail

2 months ago

Listed as moderate but honestly very easy in terms of a wonderfully maintained trail. The only reason to rate is as moderate is because of the length of the loop.

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