Hiking Project Logo

Beaver Brook Trail



8.8 mile 14.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,073' 632 m
Descent: -1,707' -520 m
High: 7,755' 2,364 m
Low: 6,560' 1,999 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

A very accessible, long trail with great mountain views and a remote feel.

Jason Doedderlein

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This is a point-to-point trail over 8 miles long. There are no road crossings and it feels pleasantly remote for being so close to the city. You can start at Genesee Mountain Park or Windy Saddle Park along Lookout Mountain Road. The Windy Saddle parking lot is fairly small and fills up fast, so get there early. There's portable restrooms at the trailhead and new vault restrooms under construction.

If you start from the Windy Saddle parking lot side, you'll start off on Lookout Mountain Trail for about a quarter mile. The Beaver Brook Trail start is well marked and will veer right while the Lookout Mountain Trail continues up and to the left. Beaver Brook is hiking/running only. No mountain bikes or horses.

The trail starts with great views overlooking Windy Saddle to the north. You'll cross two boulder fields and a lot of up and over, rocky boulder sections in the first mile or so before it opens up with some smooth singletrack through shaded pine forest. At about a mile and half, you'll turn south and descend down for the first of a few creek crossings. From there it's rolling hills in and out of exposed sections with great views and more shaded pine forests.

At around mile 4, you'll see Gudy Gaskill Trail which loops to the north for a 2.4 mile detour and then reconnects back to Beaver Brook. At mile 5, it gets fairly steep as you climb up and top out to a flat section with several rock outcroppings and a few options for overlooks with views of Clear Creek to the north. Then, it's a loose, rocky, steep descent to the Genessee Park side.

Lots of wildflowers along the way, and watch out for cactus along the trail. You can hike the whole thing (with a pre-arranged shuttle at the other end), or do shorter out-and-back sections, or construct loops with other trails and return to your starting trailhead. This is considered one of the best hiking trails in the foothills of the Front Range.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.


Rate This Trail

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In


Aug 18, 2019
Christopher Medina
Jul 21, 2019
Regina Stump
A super fun trail run!! Very pretty, some fun incline with elevation, and some areas of technical terrain. Beautiful river!
Jul 4, 2019
Thomas Parsons
Started at Windy Saddle Park parking lot on Lookout Mountain, but that parking lot is under construction. Fun hike. Few people at beginning 10mi — 4h 45m
May 12, 2019
Miguel W
Apr 15, 2019
Michael Sullivan
Nov 4, 2018
A Chun
Sep 5, 2018
Colin Scott
Jul 5, 2018
Ogre Ray

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 29 votes


  4.4 from 29 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Trail Rankings


in Colorado


430 Views Last Month
12,138 Since Apr 13, 2015



Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking