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Beaver Brook Trail

 4.4 (37)

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

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7,755' 2,364 m


6,560' 1,999 m


2,073' 632 m


1,707' 520 m



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Max Grade (25°)

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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 run 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 running trails in the foothills of the Front Range.


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Jason Doedderlein with improvements by Steve Black and 1 other

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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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Dec 6, 2020
Hunter Fleming
Nov 7, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Aug 12, 2020
johnny blades
Oct 13, 2019
Mike S
Did this trail as part of a long run from Bergen Park in Evergreen to Parfet Park in Golden,& it was the highlight. Definitely recommend this trail. 20mi — 6h 00m
Sep 17, 2019
Jim Haley
Wow. Best trail in the Jeffco Open Space system. You really pass through every kind of ecosystem found in the foothills. Great views. 10mi — 2h 15m
Jul 20, 2019
Rob Brackett
Started at Windy Saddle for about 5 miles until it topped out at elevation and added Gudy Gaskill on the way back. Slow going in parts. Great trail! 12.3mi — 2h 57m
Apr 27, 2019
Annie Ochs
9mi — 2h 20m
Apr 7, 2019
Mtn Fox
Out-and-back from Chief Hosa (Stapleton Drive) trailhead. Lower elevation trail sections still dotted with snow and ice. 10.2mi