Saturday, August 24, 2013
Beaver Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Date Hiked: August 24, 2013
Distance: 3.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 1,000ft
Elevation Min/Max: 8,215 to 9,220ft
Managing Agency: CO Division of Parks and Wildlife
Golden Gate Canyon State Park Trail Map (CDW)
Beaver Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This hike starts just across the road from the Visitor's Center. From Denver/Boulder, take Hwy 93 to Golden Gate Canyon Road. Head west on GGC Rd until you reach the park. Park at the Visitor Center and cross to the other side of GGC Rd to find the trailhead. There is a fee to enter the park.
The Beaver trail leads to a campground with a covered shelter, and a nice view just behind the shelter. The trail is through the trees for the entire hike, with small views through the trees from time to time. The trail winds up a semi-steep slope through aspen forests, making this a nice fall colors hike. When you reach the campground and the shelter look for the rock outcropping, there is a nice view of the Indian Peaks from here. On your way back, you can complete the loop, and there is a short diversion to a wildlife viewing platform.