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“A little bit of everything on this trail.”
Review of Beaver Lake Trail

Beaver Lake Trail
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Owner description: Moderate-to-difficult hiking trail that extends 6.6 miles from the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, beginning at 10,500 feet up to 11,300 feet elevation.
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A little bit of everything on this trail.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Beaver Lake is a beautiful lake and makes the hike up to it worth doing. As of right now, part of the beginning of the hike goes by construction on the mountain. The trail has a detour out of the woods and onto a gravel vehicle road, but this doesn't last forever and once back into the woods the trail is beautiful....a bit rocky and steep in places. The lake is beautiful and full of trout so bring your fishing rods....although, they aren't always willing to bite on your bait. Depending on your physical condition this trail can be rather easy to rather hard....I found it quite easy, although steep in places, but my husband being a little more out of shape had a harder time with it.

Visited September 2013
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English first
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193 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Challenging for Beginners, But Worth It.”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

It's a climb for beginners, but the goal is a beautiful lake a few thousand feet up. Even coming down can be challenging with the narrow paths and rocks.

Visited September 2013
Thank Rod M
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105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Hiking and overnight camp at Beaver Creek Lake”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I agree with some of the other reviews - the entire Beaver Lake Trail is not perfect - there is a maintenance area that is an eye sore. Avoid this section entirely by taking Village to Village loop around this section. The other issue is that this is also a horse trail. Be prepared for some serious horse manure that you have to work around. About halfway up the horse trail wavers off and the poop stops and the trail gets more rocky and advanced - a great workout with very scenic views! If you want, hike on to Lower or Upper Turquoise lake (another 3 + miles) or hang out and even camp overnight like we did at Beaver Lake. There were only two other people there and on the other side of the lake from us so very secluded. Bear proof your items if you camp!! Beaver Creek has a lot of black bear. We use the rope method between two trees about 50 + feet away from our tent. The weather is very erratic. Wear layers and bring a light rain jacket. It is very common to get caught not only in rain but thunder/lightening/hail in the middle of summer! It is a great day trip and most people should be able to hike up and back in one day. I would recommend bringing lunch and eating lakeside. There are no tables - it is very rustic. So be prepared to sit on the ground. Lots of birds (stellar jays, gray jays) and chipmunks and squirrels. Enjoy your visit!

Visited September 2013
2 Thank JennerTX
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Littleton, Colorado
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230 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Nice trail in a beautiful place”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I think we were lucky as Beaver Creek had recently had a significant amount of rain and there were flowers everywhere. Everything was green and lush with an amazing number of wildflowers. The hike was wonderful and the weather amazing. I hope anyone who does this is as lucky as we were as this was a truly amazing place.

Visited August 2013
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Glencoe, Illinois
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83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A fun, moderately difficult hike to a beautiful lake.”
Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I have l loved hiking to this lake for years. It's best to journey there in summer or fall, as the path can be quite muddy, or even running like a mini-river in spring. Try to ignore the initial trailhead approach through the ski resort's increasingly congested vehicle and engineering backlot. Hiking through towering stands of Aspens & pines with the river rushing on first one side then the other makes the initial trailhead messiness worthwhile. And if you're in tip-top shape & need more challenge, you can continue hiking up to the Turquoise Lakes... Get the details on that from Mary Gillibrand's Vail Hiker guide.

Visited August 2013
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