Beaver Lake

Minturn, Colorado 81645

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Beaver Lake is a small gem tucked between forested hills just inside the Holy Cross Wilderness. The hike starts near the base of the Centennial Lift at the Beaver Creek Ski Area, follows a nature trail with interpretive signs, then joins the Beaver Lake Trail. It wanders along Beaver Creek, passing various ski area buildings and under chairlifts, providing a summer view of the ski area.

Colorful wildflowers and bushes line the trail. While steep in places, the trail has some mellow spots that provide a place to catch your breath. Little sh swim in Beaver Lake, a great place to relax. An option to go or return a different way, including a chairlift ride, is also given."

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9/20/2018
Beautiful lake. Crowded on weekends so go during the week. Btw, they have always allowed dogs. Don’t know why previous hiker got turned away at the gate. During the summer, parking garage is free. Walk up to trailhead using Five Senses Trail past the chapel. Why walk up the street?
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7/23/2018
Beaver Lake is beautiful and a great place to hike with kids and dogs. It is a steady incline all the way up, but not too daunting or strenuous. Absolutely lovely trail with wildflowers, butterflies, deer and featuring the beautiful lake.
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9/2/2010
Park by the chapel, and just head up on the road (no need to follow the 5 sences trail) which will eventually turn into the trail. Beaver Lake is incredibly clear with tons of trout, however location and accesibility makes it impossible to enjoy in solitude. (btw-dogs are allowed)
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10/11/2009
The guide lets you believe dogs are allowed. However, on your way to pass through the gate into Beaver Creek the guard will turn you away if you have dogs. Lame! What kind of mountain town doesn't allow dogs?
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Trail Information

Minturn
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.2
Distance
1,666 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 4.5 hours
Duration
June through October
Season
USDA Forest Service, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US 24, Minturn; (970) 827-5715; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Grouse Mountain; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 121 Eagle/ Avon; Latitude 40 ̊ Vail and Eagle Valley Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps