John Guilford's Hikes
Beaver Brook Trail, Denver on 2009-06-06
People: (including myself): Pam, E.B., Tom Becker
Start: 1:00 7400 0
Lunch: 2:00 ~6600 ~1.5
Out: 3:40 7400 ~3
To get to the trailhead, drive I-70 west out of Denver to Genesee Park at
exit 253 "Chief Hosa". Take a sharp right (a U-turn) on the dirt road
"Stapleton Dr". This parallels the highway for a bit before turning
northwest next to a buffalo preserve. The road continues to two parking
areas. We parked in the first or upper area (which was empty) and hiked
down past the lower parking area (which had quite a few vehicles).
From the main trailhead there is a 1 mile loop nature trail. We chose not
to use the nature trail and instead went down the road to some picnic
tables, a small wood bridge, and the start of the real trail.
The trail gradually descends Bear Gulch towards Beaver Brook. The trail is
good quality. In places, they built rock steps to navigate some steeper
At times the trail is close to the creek at the bottom of the gulch, at
times the trail is part way up the side of the gulch.
We had limited time, so we didn't go too far down the trail. About an hour
into the hike (and not too far from where I believe the trail switchbacks
down to Beaver Brook, though we didn't go further, so I'm not sure) we took
a side detour, involving a little scrambling, to a rock outcropping with a
good view of the surrounding countryside. After some viewing and picture
taking, we decided that this would be a good spot for lunch. After
eating lunch, we decided it was time to head back. Since most of us came
from sea level and the return trail was uphill, we anticipated a slower
pace going back.
For us out-of-towners, this was a good introduction to hiking in the Denver
area. The weather was nice. When the wind was absent and the sun shining
it was warm, though sometimes the breeze would pick up bringing a welcome
refreshment. It would have been nice to have had more time to explore
further, but even the short distance we went was far enough to get away
from the highway noise and enjoy the land.
On our way out from the trailhead, we noticed that the herd of buffalo
had moved close to the fence.
E.B. on a rock outcropping at our lunch spot.
E.B. and John on the rock outcropping.
John peeking over the top of the rocks.
A tree at our lunch spot that I found interesting.
Tate (the dog), E.B., Pam, and Tom descending from our lunch spot.
Herd of buffalo adjacent to Stapleton Drive.
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Last updated on: Mon Jun 8 16:50:16 PDT 2015