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Beaver Brook Out and Back

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 4.1 (47) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy this gentle, rolling, singletrack escape near Golden.


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7.1

Miles

11.5

KM

Out and Back

7,163' 2,183 m

High

6,756' 2,059 m

Low

1,055' 321 m

Up

1,054' 321 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The beauty of the Beaver Brook Trail is in its sense of isolation in the midst of so many people. Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail and most people don't seem to venture far from the parking lot. Whenever I have done this trail, I have largely had it to myself.

The trail rolls through evergreen forest, without any inclines that are too difficult. It is simply a blissful hike through typical Colorado forest.

The trail continues all the way out to Genessee, if you're looking for a little more mileage.

Description

The Beaver Brook Trail starts from the Windy Saddle parking area, on the west side of the road heading up Lookout Mountain in Golden.

The trail begins in conjunction with Lookout Mountain Trail. During the brief stretch where these two run together, keep an eye out for mountain bikers, particularly if you have a furry friend with you.

The Lookout Mountain Trail quickly breaks off to the north while the Beaver Brook Trail continues to the west, towards Genessee where it finishes. Once the Lookout Mountain Trail goes off on its own the Beaver Brook Trail is hiking and running only, and the crowds thin out substantially.

There are many rocky outcrops over the first mile that must be navigated, which will slow you down, as well as a couple of rock falls. However, once these obstacles are overcome, the trail is simply splendid, gentle singletrack for the length of this hike.

Choose your turnaround for whatever fits your needs. There is a steep climb about 6 miles in (which would be a 12-mile roundtrip) that should be noted, should you want to go further.

It is 10.1 miles one-way to Genessee Park.

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Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

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  4.1 from 47 votes

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Photos

Evening shot of Beaver Brook Trail
Aug 13, 2018 near Golden, CO
Water crossing after heavy rains along Beaver Brook trail
Jun 30, 2015 near Genesee, CO
Precarious steps. Be careful.
Aug 13, 2016 near Golden, CO
Beaver Brook Trail
Jun 15, 2015 near Golden, CO
Evening shot of Beaver Brook Trail
Aug 13, 2018 near Golden, CO
View from Beaver Brook trail
Apr 8, 2015 near Genesee, CO

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May 24, 2021
William Carter
8mi — 2h 50m
Nov 26, 2020
Gosia Majerczyk
Beautiful Thanksgiving morning hike 4.2mi
Nov 20, 2020
Maren Miller
May 30, 2020
Geoffrey Cullins
Beautiful day! Dry & about 70.
Feb 28, 2020
Melissa Thrun
Dec 25, 2019
Rick Procopio
2h 38m
Oct 13, 2019
Manasi Vyas
5mi
Oct 7, 2019
Jake S
Hiked into the First Stream Crossing and turned around. 5mi — 4h 00m