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Beaver Meadows

 4.8 (5)

10.0 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

1,335' 407 m

Ascent

-1,333' -406 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

9,255' 2,821 m

High

8,447' 2,575 m

Low

Shared By Bennett Stucky

Conditions


Minor Issues 64 days ago
Dry: Quite a few fallen trees obstructing portions of the trail History

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This route follows the Beaver Meadows XC Course for a fast loop around some must see Colorado forest

Bennett Stucky

Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

Overview

An excellent trail system found in the Red Feather Lakes area. These trails use public and private land. You'll experience fast sections of singletrack through dense forest as well as a few creek crossings.

Need to Know

You can stop in the Beaver Meadows office to get a trail map.

Description

This loop begins from the Beaver Meadows parking lot between the condos and the pond. Head over the bridge or back on the road and turn right on Trappers. Take this a short way up past the "Trailhead" and pump house. Charge up a few yards of singletrack and make another right on North Fork. Follow this easy path west through the campgrounds.

Here you'll find a creek crossing with several options for crossing. Once past the creek, stay to the right and ascend Pearl Creek. You'll come to a large rock face in the middle of the hill which used to be part of a DH race course (check out this video of the drop).

Stay left here and follow the Pearl Creek singletrack. At the time of this writing, there are blue ribbons on trees marking the trail. Pearl Creek alternates between single and doubletrack and road access. Here is where you merge with Frontier. Stay to the right on Frontier and enjoy the forest.

You'll be traveling between alternating forest and exposed clearings. Keep an eye on the weather. Make some noise to increase your fun level and to alert any wildlife that may also be having fun. This section of the course takes you on some very fun, fast, and flowy singletrack. Once you get to the stream crossing you have just a short bit of fast trail before the mid-course climb up Powderhorn.

Ascend Powderhorn until Cabin Creek. Turn right and ascend Cabin Creek. Make a left on Trappers. From here you have only a bit more uphill until a sweet fast rocky descent. After enjoying the wide rocky switchbacks continue straight passed Renegade. Make the next left available to Trappers and scoot down for another lap or the beers in your car.

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Sep 8, 2018
Cesar Garzon
Jun 10, 2018
Colleen Lyon
Sep 19, 2017
Charlie Johann
Sep 5, 2016
Cdilis Melis
Jul 5, 2016
Chris I
Did Trappers to Cabin creek to warm up and then road the described loop. Fun, but lots of rocky downhill. 14mi

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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  4.8 from 5 votes
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Deadfall everywhere on the higher elevation portions of the trail. If you don't mind carrying your bike over waist-high fallen trees every 200 feet or so, then go for it. The lower sections of trail were free of deadfall, maybe because they are maintained more often for horseback-riding. May 24, 2018
John L
Fort Collins, CO
John L   Fort Collins, CO
Upper sections of the trail were clear of dead fall as of July 14th, 2018. Pretty good trails for off-leash dogs, but pretty heavy horse traffic near the lodge/volleyball area. Jul 14, 2018
Did the full loop 9/22. The climb was not bad and the grade allows you to just sit back and spin in a straight line, although some sections required hike a bike. I would say I encountered 3 fallen trees throughout 10 miles. The downhill was flowy in sections and chunky in others, but if you are careful with your line choice you can really fly. The big takeaway for me was how dense the forest was and how awesome it was to have a water source close for the majority of the trail. I will also add that the drive from Denver is not terrible at all, plan to stay a night out there to make the most of your trip, but the roads are smooth and wide making this a great lesser know destination. 10/10 would recommend Sep 24, 2018

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