Beaver Creek Hourglass Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,612' 1,101 m
Descent: -3,611' -1,101 m
High: 11,964' 3,647 m
Low: 9,347' 2,849 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“Enjoy a wonderful alpine run.”— Willard H
The Flowers Trail (#939) to Mirror Lake Trail is straight forward taking one through lots of alpine and forest cover and past lots of flowers. At the junction of Mirror Lake Trail and Brackenbury Cabin Trail, the sign is missing; turn right. Just after Willow Creek, the trail dumps into the thick forest and is hard to follow. I lost the trail and ended up bushwhacking back up to the alpine where I rejoined the trail. Watch for the rock cairns and take time for the alpine views.
Maps say the Mirror Lake Trail is undefined; however, seems like there are a number of cairns taking one that way. I stayed to the left and followed the Hourglass Trail. It's rocky tundra running, and as the trail starts to drop, it gets more rocky and at times a little hard to follow as it crosses through underbrush and trees.
Just below tree-line watch the trail—it will fork and veer right. I took a left and ended up in what looked like a hunting camp, wandered around a bit and decided to head back uphill to that fork and take the other direction—the correct direction toward Comanche Reservoir. The trail from there is rocky with roots but easy to follow back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office