Chavez- Beaver Brook Loop - Genesee
Neko's Favorite Reasons to love this Hike:
Part of Genesee Mountain Park. This was a moderate-difficult hike: it starts at elevation, then goes down about 1100 ft, then starts back up again. 5 miles round trip loop or out and back, your choice. The Chavez side is more challenging. You may have to scramble rocks in some areas.
Many creek crossing (especially when there is a wet spring) and a waterfall at the bottom make for a lovely and cool hike. Can be a little muddy until late spring.
Panoramic views about 1/3 way through the hike. Lots of wild flowers and shade.
Start of the hike has an optional Braille Trail for those who want to hike, but are sight impaired. The entire length of the Braille Trail .8 miles, has a guiding rope to help find your way.
This trail can continue via the Beaver Brook Trail another 7.5 miles to Windy Saddle Park Trail Head. This is a 10 one-way trail and should only be done if you are an expert hiker.
County: Jefferson County
Length: 5 miles look, or out and back. Chavez side more challenging
Elevation Gain: 1100 ft.
Skill level: Moderate to difficult
Dogs off leash: No
Picnic tables: yes
Bikes and horses: no
Best Season: March- November. Can be a good snow shoe trail.
Directions: Link to directions here. From Denver Take the Chief Hosa Exit (253) in Genesee, take a right and then another quick right to Stapleton Rd. Follow the road to the end, parking lot or road parking available.