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Beaver Brook Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (38)

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


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

Point to Point

7,755' 2,364 m

High

6,560' 1,999 m

Low

2,073' 632 m

Up

1,707' 520 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein with improvements by Steve Black and 1 other

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  4.4 from 38 votes

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Photos

A Wild Grouse spotted on the Beaver Brook Trail in Golden.
Apr 18, 2017 near Genesee, CO
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
A flowering spring cactus along the Beaver Brook Trail.
Apr 18, 2017 near Genesee, CO
Beaver Brook Trail
Jun 15, 2015 near Golden, CO

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Jun 15, 2021
Matt Kohn
Oct 24, 2020
Kristen Granger
Started at chimney gulch, nice trail! Fun rolling when you get past big rocks in first mile of beaver brook, and not crowded! 10mi — 2h 45m
Oct 21, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Jun 14, 2020
Keri VanBuhler
May 20, 2020
Nicole Benkelman
good hike, not hard, some climbing along the way too! santi and me 7.8mi — 3h 30m
Dec 27, 2019
Ryan William
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!