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Meh. It’s kinda ugly with a nice finale. Remember you’re at altitude, but fairly straightforward.

I would recommend this trail to all ages. Great trail dog friendly.

Great trail, there are 3 hard parts. The trail is short enough of a hike that you can do it in less than 2 hours if you are cruising and don't stop. At this point no snow, mud, or ice that would cause issues. I saw people with dogs, but there is a somewhat challenging scramble near the top so if your dog doesn't do scrambles this one will give them some trouble. Full 360 at the top, but it is a city view for half of it. Also wear sunscreen. There is no coverage.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Good, steep and open climb. Quick ascent at beginning and moderate throughout. Took my 2.5yo and did a slow and short stint.

Beautiful trail. Gets a little rocky in upper portion, but not a bad drive.

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snow
1 day ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Great hike but not what we would call lightly trafficked. We ran into a new group every few minutes with quite a few bikers and trail runners. I think most people turned around just prior to the half way point because the second half of the loop we barely saw anyone. Beautiful and we will be coming back in the spring to see it in full bloom.

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

This was a great trail, but right now it is very icy, slushy & snowy in places. Definitely wouldn’t try to do it without spikes until the trail clears off. Trail is very narrow with drop offs in some places, so could be dangerous without spikes. Landscape & brook are beautiful. Will definitely come back in warmer weather - it was lovely now, but I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous then.

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snow
1 day ago

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snow
1 day ago

Great spring hike, snow covered most of the way. Dicey scramble to the top, lots of ice. About 12 people and several dogs on the trail.

This trail was really great! There were some snowy areas that got kind of slick on the way down, but doable if you take it slow. It would have been easier with spikes but tennis shoes did just fine.

Definitely a nice hike. Wouldn’t be the in the top three I’d recommend to someone going to the Garden of the Gods for the first time but certainly worth doing once the top ones are ticked off.

Pros: not super busy, especially as you get further away from the big sights. Easy terrain with some ups and downs.
Nice views in spots, especially around some of the rock formations but not the best in the park.
Cons: horses share the trail in some spots which can make the smells a bit much at times.

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muddy
snow
2 days ago

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snow
3 days ago

10/10 would recommend. Quite an exerting climb for us Minnesotans, but a relatively quick hike! Only took us 30 minutes to get back to the lake, and another 30 minutes up the ridge. We didn’t summit due to an impending snow, but cannot stress enough the breathtaking views! Note: $5 parking with cash or check only

hiking
3 days ago

Just finished the Beaver Brook/Chavez Trail loop. Trail conditions: Icy, slushy, muddy, dry, snowy. Microspikes are HIGHLY recommended. I saw some without and they were struggling. Also, I'd recommend hiking the loop clockwise with the conditions as they are. Otherwise, you'll be descending to the creek via the steeper more exposed side. A really nice hike though and so close to Denver/Golden. Here's my Relive of it: https://www.relive.cc/view/2235291956

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muddy
snow
3 days ago

I love this hike - but if you go in in the winter or early spring, bring traction spikes. Trail was alternately muddy, packed or slushy snow and ice. Still a lovely, close-to-Denver hike.

We hiked a section of this trail yesterday. We went from Staunton Ranch to a few other trails (that’s the beauty of this park!) for a total of just over 4 miles. We were somewhat limited on time, so stayed in lower trails. Traction isn’t necessary, but was helpful. There is snow, ice, mud and dry dirt trail. We encountered one group camping and one cyclist, one ice fisherman on Davis Ponds, just one other group hiking. Pretty area!

I loved it. Plenty of workout for the calves. Plan for a little bit of scrambling near the end. Fairly dry right now. Great views east and west at the end.

I loved it. Plenty of workout for the calves. Plan for a little bit of scrambling near the end. Fairly dry right now. Great views east and west at the end.

I loved it. Plenty of workout for the calves. Plan for a little bit of scrambling near the end. Fairly dry right now. Great views east and west at the end.

It was a short pretty hike, we did it at the end of our trip 2 days ago and it was a really nice ending.

Did some of this trail yesterday with the family and dogs, was muddy in areas but compared to most places right now id say it’s cleared up of snow pretty good!

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snow
4 days ago

We've hiked this trail on march 20th and arrived around 10.15am. We had the dog with us and he was allowed on the trail as long as he remained on the leach which worked fine for us. The trail is covered in snow, though it's been walked on a lot so compact and can be done in normal hiking shoes. The first 2/3 of the trail is fairly even and relatively easy compared to the last third. It gets much steeper especially towards the end when approaching the peak. The snow gets icy and can be slippery on the way up and down. It took us approximately 2 hrs to get up and 50 minutes to get down. We're very much beginner hikers and it was challenging, however the views from the trail are breathtaking with the view from the top being the most impressive. We did not use spikes or any other hiking aids. We did wonder if us rookies should have used them as there were others on the trail with hiking equipment. All in all a challenging but very rewarding first hike! Can highly recommend it!

I tried this trail for the first time today and absolutely loved it! The conditions were not ideal but was definitely possible for the first day of spring! Plenty of parking, plenty of shade, plenty of water, and a very plentiful place to explore! P.S. Watch out, some drop offs!

A favorite hike of mine. Yesterday 08/11/2018 was my second visit to this trail. No matter the season, the views never disappoint.

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off trail
snow
5 days ago

Incredible views! 2 and a half hours to the top, using only ice spikes, not a cloud in sight and no wind, perfect day other than some deep spots in the snow along the trail.

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