Beaver Creek Trail


Photo of the Beaver Creek Trail on the way to Mt Audubon with the Indian Peaks in the background

Beaver Creek Trail enters into the Indian Peaks Wilderness shortly after leaving the Beaver Creek Trailhead. After a few switchbacks, the trail circles the ridge and intersects with the Mount Audubon Trail.

Beaver Creek Trail continues northward for 3.4 miles, descending the northeastern flank of the mountain on a nice graded trail, finally dropping into Coney Flats. From Coney Flats the Beaver Creek Trail turns west into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Coney Lake Trail intersects 0.25 miles west of Coney Flats, and Beaver Creek Trail ends at Buchanan Pass Trail, 1.8 miles west of Coney Flats.

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At a Glance

Fees Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid/late-June through late September).
Permit Info: This trail lies within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12.
  • Packstock are prohibited on portions of this trail
  • Camping is prohibited on portions of this trail from May 1 through November 30.
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. 
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Occasional streams; treat water for drinking
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Beaver Creek Trailhead.



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Day Hiking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. The south end climbs steeply to the north over a shoulder of Mount Audubon before dropping down Beaver Creek drainage and on to Coney Flats. From here the trail cuts west and ends at Buchanan Pass Trail. Destinations include Mount Audubon, Coney Lake and Buchanan Pass.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and a portion of the trail lies within the Four Lakes Zone, where camping is prohibited May 1 through November 30. On portions of this trail where camping is allowed, permits are required from June 1 - September 15.

Fire InformationCampfires are prohibited year-round.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult
Areas & Activities

Campgrounds At-A-Glance


  Area/Length : 
6.9 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
9,800' - 11,400'