Beaver Creek Trail

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Trail Distance: 12 miles
Time Estimate: 6 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

Do you like the mountains? Are you in the Nederland, Colorado area? You and your canine companion will pawsitively love the Beaver Creek Trail in Nederland, Colorado. 

The 12-mile Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness after leaving the Beaver Creek Trailhead on Brainard Lake Road. It intersects with the Mount Audubon Trail after you pass a few switchbacks. The trail then continues north for another three and a half miles, and then descends the northeastern side of the mountain on a nicely graded trail. 

At about four miles, you and your pooch will find yourself in the Coney Flats where you will turn west with the trail into the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Another two miles and you will be at the Buchanan Pass Trail, where the Beaver Creek Trail ends. If you and your fur buddy want to take a longer trip, you can follow the Buchanan Pass Trail, but be aware that it is another 16 miles and many hikers say it is not well marked. 

When you get to the top of the peak at the Buchanan Pass Trail, you will have a pawesome view of the stunning mountain ranges of Colorado including the Mount Audubon as well as Mitchell Lake, which is a crystal-clear glacier lake that is beautiful any time of the year. The only restroom you will find is a vault toilet at the Beaver Creek Trailhead and water is only available in streams, and you will have to treat or filter the water before drinking it. 

There are quite a few critters roaming the area such as moose, sheep, deer, rabbits, wolves, foxes, and even bears. Remember to bring clean-up bags to pick up after Fluffy and hang onto them until you get to a trash bin. You want to help keep this amazing area looking great for others and for you and your poochie when you come back, and you'll definitely want to come back. 

Trail Features
Ice, Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The upper elevations will likely have snow and ice, so be sure to wear the proper footwear and protect your poochie's paws as well.
Address
Beaver Creek Trailhead at County Road 102
Ward, CO 80481
Hours
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Address
Beaver Creek Trailhead at County Road 102
Ward, CO 80481
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours