A moderately short route with modest elevation gain and fairly easy route finding, this is a great option to save for deep snow season. Much of the route is protected from winter winds by dense trees and the navigation is straightforward.
Roundtrip Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2025 feet
Area Map: Trails Illustrated #100 Boulder | Golden
· From I-70, take the Beaver Brook exit #248 and head west on US 40 (frontage road)
· Cross the bridge south over the interstate and look for signs for Beaver Brook Canyon Road
· Turn left as if going to Clear Creek Highschool (185 Beaver Brook Canyon Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439)
· Carefully follow the road, paying close attention to street signs, as it winds its way through a residential area then enters Beaver Brook Canyon
· Look carefully for a pull-out on the right (north) side of the road; a sign may indicate “Parking Area” for Clear Creek County Open Space.
Note that 4x4 is not necessary to reach this trailhead, but it will be either nice-to-have or need-to-have in winter snow conditions, depending on time of day / road maintenance / plowing. During our visit the morning immediately following a fresh dump of snow, we found 4-low necessary to get in and out of the parking area.
· Carefully cross Beaver Brook Canyon Road and head up-canyon (west / northwest) briefly to Pat Creek Road
· Walk left (south-ish) onto this street. It may feel awkward / like you are trespassing, but Open Space signs should indicate for you that you are in the right place.
· Follow open space signs as the trail heads south for about ½ mile toward a broad valley.
· Head west up a broad trail (indicated as a Jeep road on some maps) that follows a gas pipeline up the valley.
· Follow this pipeline route for 2 ½ miles to the gentle saddle just south of the summit. (As the route steepens toward the saddle, depending on snow conditions, it may not be optimal to follow the gas pipeline – pick your own route of least resistance to minimize side-hilling and stepping over dead fall.)
· From the saddle, strike off-trail north to the true summit, indicate by a angled Class 2 summit boulder. Views are, unfortunately, limited.
•Map & compass and/or GPS
•Comfortable hiking boots or shoes
•Outerwear appropriate to the season
•Snowshoes for flotation in snow season
•Water and snacks
•A camera to save memories of the high country views
•First aid kit
•Other standard day hike essentials
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