Beaver Brook Trail

Genesee Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain6,404ft
Trailhead Elevation7,417ft
Elevation Min/Max6539/7788ft
Elevation Start/End7417/7417ft

Beaver Brook Trail

Beaver Brook Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Windy Saddle Park and Genesee Park. It is 8.2 miles long and begins at 7,417 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,404 feet. The Beaver Brook Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The BB mi 7.5, BB mi 6.0, BB mi 2.5, BB mi 6.5, BB mi 1.5, BB mi 2.0, and BB mi 3.0 informations can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints and a recreation ground along the trail. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts. This trail connects with the following: Braille Trail, Chavez Trail and Lookout Mountain Trail.

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Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
"The Beaver Brook Trail travels like a roller coaster through a variety of ecosystems and interesting rocky sections. Starting in Genesee Park on the west, the trail drops 840 feet to Beaver Brook in a wild, primitive area close to Denver. It then climbs 1,200 feet until leveling out, before descending 880 feet to Windy Saddle above Golden. Viewpoints look down into Clear Creek Canyon, where semitrailer trucks look like ants. Although sections are open and dry, little oases and a small waterfall provide surprises along this trail through the ?rst Denver Mountain Park and two Je?erson County Open Space parks."
Bob D Antonio
"This is a nice hike in the trees high above Clear Creek and Clear Creek Canyon. The Beaver Brook Trail runs in an east-to-west direction for 7 miles. Feel free to extend your mileage and hike as far as you like. Beautiful views reach up and down Clear Creek Canyon and west to the Continental Divide. From the parking area drop down on the Castle Trail across a small gulch. Begin a steep climb through junipers, cacti, and yuccas, with good views to the east. At around the 0.7-mile mark the trail switchbacks to the north, with great views of Red Rocks. The trail turns back to the south and climbs several switchbacks. At around the 1.7-mile mark great views of Morrison and Denver appear."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
"The Beaver Brook Trail extends for 8.65 miles through open space owned by the City and County of Denver in Genesee Park and on Lookout Mountain. Constructed from 1917 to 1919 with the help of the Colorado Mountain Club, the trail hugs the south rim of Clear Creek Canyon. Because the area has been protected from development for almost 100 years, Beaver Brook Trail offers a unique primitive back country hiking experience in the metropolitan area. The entire trail is a long, strenuous trip with an exposed talus field around Lookout Mountain at the east end. But the west end of the trail makes for a less difficult but nonetheless challenging hike since all of the elevation gain is on the way back, when you and your pet are tired. An added feature of this hike is the short Braille Nature Trail, which would be an interesting hiking experience for a non-sighted person with a seeing-eye dog."

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DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOG HERE!! Broken glass everywhere.
We hiked the trail from the Buffalo Bill Museum up to the nature center/Colorow Mtn Park. Several places were there was as much broken glass as gravel and no way around it. By the time you realize you're standing in glass it's too late. We were able to avoid bloodshed, but my dogs paws are pretty torn up and she's looking at a couple of weeks rehab time.

I can't speak for the lower trails, but the top is not for dogs.
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Mount Falcon is a great outdoor destination close to Denver. Hiking up the east side of the park can be a leg burner. Turkey trot trail is a hiker only trail and is pretty steep. Turkey trot runs into Castle trail and can be taken all the way to the west end of the park. Walkers Home ruins and the summer white house offer great views and give you the opportunity for "destination" hiking.

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Trail Information

Genesee Park
Nearby City
Genesee Park
Denver Mountain Parks, Denver; 303-697-4545;; Jefferson County Open Space, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden; 303-271-5925;
Local Contacts
USGS Evergreen, Morrison; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 100 Boulder/Golden; Latitude 40˚: Colorado Front Range
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