One of our family secrets, Beaver Creek Trail. If your looking for no crowds and somewhere to play outside in the mountains year around, this is it.
A backcountry gem, located just minutes from Fairplay, CO. We’ve been hiking, snowshoeing, and have camped in many of the dispersed camping spots. Aspens in the fall, lush green summers with a meandering creek, surrounded by mountain peaks and trails everywhere make this a perfect getaway.
On a day with the kids, we snowshoed the trail for about 3.2 miles one way…
It’s late spring, we tried snowshoeing on slushy snow and ended up in just boots on the way back. Drips of melting snow falling from the trees and birdsong everywhere, you knew spring was here.
At one point a deer bolted out of the woods crossing our path, “love that”. Later foot prints of a mountain lion “kept us alert”.
The area around Beaver Creek Trail is more open, with trails in more treed areas leading off which were deep in snow on this trip. There is a short loop (1.75 miles), popular with cross country skiers.
This area is in the National Forest and the trails are not groomed and rarely patrolled. Stop by South Park Ranger District in the town of Fairplay, CO for information on the area before heading out.
Tell someone where you plan to go and bring your backcountry gear appropriate for the time of year.
In summer you can drive (4×4) Beaver Creek Road and find dispersed campsites, and trails. In winter it’s gated off. You’ll park in the small parking area and hike in.
With so many bluebird sky days in winter and the warmth of our Colorado sun on your face even in winter, it’s crazy to stay inside! Best of all, it’s free… and open to everyone.
Lots to explore in the Beaver Creek drainage area. Old mines, 4×4 off roads, mountain biking, numerous hiking trails, dispersed camping, wildlife, and no crowds.
One of my family’s favorite snowshoe treks and now they bring their kiddos …
Finding Beaver Creek Trailhead: From Hwy 285: turn onto Hwy 9 into the town of Fairplay. Turn right on 4th Street, Drive to the end of the road. Turn left, which is Bogue St. Go 2.3 miles until you see the Beaver Creek sign. Turn right, leads you into a small parking area. Your here. If the gate is open you can drive in. From Breckenridge: Take Hwy 9 (Hoosier Pass) to the town of Fairplay (about 25 mins), turn left on 4th st…
Located in: Pike and San Isabel National Forest,