|Hike Name:||Beaver Lake|
|Nearby Town:||Avon/Beaver Creek|
|Directions:||One can access this trail by parking in the parking garage and taking the 5 senses trail to the Beaver lake trail Head. Or take the chair lift up and hike down Redtail Camp and merge with the Beaver Lake Trailhead. Take a Beaver Creek Hiking trail map from the ticket office.|
|Total Hike Distance:||5.00 miles|
|Hike Type:||One-Way, Shuttle Hike|
|Trails Used:||Beaver Lake Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Lakes, Snow|
|Best Season:||Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads|
|Hike Summary:||A nice mountain hike along the edge of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort taking you into the northern edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness. The trail extends up from Beaver Creek Village through aspens and pines to Beaver Lake following Beaver Creek the entire trail. There are two small trout ponds at the USDA permit box (no fee) halfway through the hike. Here you can see trout and often mallards and if you are lucky a deer, elk, beaver, or marmot.
Continue up the trail that often has horseback riders from the resort and head left at the split to cross Beaver Creek on the bridge, right if on a horse. The trail merges again and takes you out of the ski boundary into the White Mountain National Forest. About a third of a mile further and you reach the lake.
The lake is a nice spot for a picnic or to relax if you choose to head further on the trail to Turquoise Lakes (see other report). Or you can turn around and head back down the mountain to the village for lunch.
Fair amount of snow past the chairlifts(9,10,11) and up to the lake on 6/17/2011