Beaver Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"Because of its scenic qualities and lengthy history at the forefront of Front Range hiking trails, the venerable Beaver Brook Trail is one of the most popular trails in the area. The relatively level trail—except for some dramatic elevation gains and losses on the westernmost end—winds near the summit of the southern flank of Clear Creek Canyon for about 8.5 miles to Genesee Park. Depending on time and commitment, you can do as much of it as you like. The easternmost 1.5 miles, described here, offer a taste of what you will see along the route. Look to the sky—it is not uncommon to see hawks and eagles riding the thermals. Look to the west, where the white-capped Continental Divide thrusts skyward. Look below, at the silver thread of Clear Creek as it winds through the steep canyon it has carved. This is not a trail for the faint-hearted. In places, the drop from the narrow path into the canyon is precipitous; in other places, hands-on scrambling over rock outcrops is necessary. Bring good shoes and leave the very small at home."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Best Easy Day Hikes: Denver (Falcon Guides).
"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 climbsseveral switchbacks. At around the 1.7-mile mark great views of Morrison and Denver appear."
--Bob D'Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Ania Savage, Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
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.
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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