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Beaver Brook Out and Back

  4.1 ( 41 ) Favorite


7.1 mile 11.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,055' 321 m
Descent: -1,054' -321 m
High: 7,163' 2,183 m
Low: 6,756' 2,059 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Jason Doedderlein

Enjoy this gentle, rolling, singletrack escape near Golden.

Jason Doedderlein

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife


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.


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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Sep 8, 2019
Nick Barendregt
Went to the 3.5 mile marker and turned around. First mile is somewhat rocky, but lets up for the remainder of the hike. 7.5mi — 3h 29m
Aug 17, 2019
Robert Carmody
6mi — 4h 00m
Dec 16, 2018
Rick Procopio
7.5mi — 2h 53m
Dec 9, 2018
Patrick Csongei
hiked out about 3 miles and headed back. somewhat snowy and icy 6.1mi
Nov 10, 2018
Carolyn C
Great trail for friends
Oct 21, 2018
Justin Ziniel
Oct 20, 2018
Melissa Komadina
Aug 28, 2018
Mike Lemus
6mi — 3h 00m

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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
Evening shot of Beaver Brook Trail
Aug 13, 2018 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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