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    Beaver Lake Trail


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    The Beaver Lake Trail is an awesome adventure near Avon, Colorado, that exhibits wonderful sights of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort before immersing hikers into the verdant woodlands up to the quaint alpine lake. This hike presents the perfect opportunity to acclimate to the area’s altitude before attempting a technical summit climb up a Colorado 14er.

    Route Description for Beaver Lake Trail

    ​Immerse yourself in nature and leave the stress of the real world in the rear-view mirror as you trek the Beaver Lake Trail. This wonderful adventure through the woodlands and past the ski resort reveals stimulating and stunning scenery, enough to motivate even the most discouraged hikers. As you will be traveling deep into the wilderness, it is important to be mindful of wildlife! Some adventurers wear bear bells to deter unwelcome encounters with curious animals. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and in the winter months, trade your hiking boots for snowshoes. Note there is no parking at the trailhead, so hikers are required to park in the Beaver Creek Ski Resort car park and walk to the trailhead.

    Reconnect with yourself along the Beaver Lake Trail. With ample time to reflect, the meditative sounds of Beaver Creek will lull you into a state of relaxation. Ideal for a family escape into the fresh air, the wide and well-maintained route is manageable by hikers of almost all skill levels. Let the oasis of verdant foliage and sights of the snow-capped summits of the Sawatch Mountain distract you from your tried feat. Within incredible views packed into a short trail, this adventure is a must-add to your Colorado hiking itinerary.

    Embark on your adventure along the Beaver Lake Trail from the Beaver Creek Ski Resort Parking Structure. From here, head south along the Elk Track Road. This route will guide you past several charming buildings of the ski village and will intersect with several chairlifts. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the resort and revel in the sights of intrepid skiers before confronting the Turquoise Lake Trailhead at the end of the Elk Track Road.

    From the trailhead, the path will near the gurgling waters of the Beaver Creek as it guides hikers along a ski run. Check out the snowboarder and skiers and continue trekking south. There will be several intersecting and merging trails as you progress; ignore these. Soon the path will divert you beneath the timberline. Enjoy the tree shade of the towering aspens and evergreens as you hike along the old wagon road. As you near the lake, the terrain will become increasingly rocky and steep, and you will soon wander through a meadow. From the exposed terrain, enjoy views of the encompassing snow-capped peaks.

    Eventually, you will enter the boundary into the Holy Cross Wilderness, and shortly after, you will be delivered to Beaver Lake. Explore the shores of the shimmering alpine lake and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly waters. Flanked by cliffs overwhelmed with evergreens, the lake is a pretty sight. On a calm day, you can even see the reflection of the cliffs and surrounding mountains on the waters. Rest along the lake’s shore and when you are ready, retrace your footing back to the trailhead and carpark. If you still have some gas left in the tank, consider continuing along the path to the Turquoise Lakes.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Beaver Lake?

    Yes, you can swim in Beaver Lake, but it will likely be frigid!

    How long is the Beaver Lake Trail?

    The Beaver Lake Trail is an out-and-back hike that travels over 10.0 km.

    Can you fish in Beaver Lake?

    Yes, you can fish in Beaver Lake assuming you have a valid Colorado fishing license.

    Are dogs permitted on the Beaver Lake Trail?

    Yes, dogs are permitted on the Beaver Lake Trail if they remain on leash.

    Insider Hints for Beaver Lake Trail

    • Remember that there is no parking at the trailhead, so hikers will have to park in the Beaver Creek Ski Area
    • Wear microspikes or snowshoes after the snow falls to enjoy this trek year-round
    • Bring plenty of water! The high altitude and gradual grade will tire you
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife as you trek
    • Pack provisions and have a picnic along the shoreline

    Getting to the Beaver Lake Trail Trailhead

    The Beaver Lake Hike departs from the Beaver Creek Parking Structure off Elk Track Road near Avon, Colorado.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Dispersed backcountry camping, restrictions apply.

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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