Rocky Mountain National Park: Beaver Mountain Trail

Thanks to only a little elevation gain, this 7-mile loop offers flatlanders great rewards (big views, wildlife, solitude) without much suffering. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen.
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Thanks to only a little elevation gain, this 7-mile loop offers flatlanders great rewards (big views, wildlife, solitude) without much suffering. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season). nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcntry_guide.htm

CONTACT Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206; nps.gov/romo

-Mapped by Kris Wagner

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.3

Waypoints

BMT001

Location: 40.386818, -105.6101

Deer Ridge Junction: Hike S of US 36, following signs to Bear Mtn. Trail

BMT002

Location: 40.382282, -105.608765

Huge rocky thrones sit alongside trail

BMT003

Location: 40.379452, -105.607117

Turn R; trail crosses swampy meadow then climbs a sun-baked knoll

BMT004

Location: 40.376999, -105.607986

Turn R onto Bear Mtn. Trail

BMT005

Location: 40.379482, -105.622482

Gentle climb to a snow-white aspen grove

BMT006

Location: 40.374184, -105.625664

Cross Beaver Brook; look downstream for deer foraging along the grassy banks; begin easy ascent around the E-side of Beaver Mnt.

BMT007

Location: 40.364944, -105.626465

Spur Trail: Turn L to a gnarly outcrop with impressive views Moraine Park and a sea of dramatic peaks; return to trail and turn L

BMT008

Location: 40.360382, -105.631287

Turn L onto Beaver Meadows Trail; small overlook on R; path passes under the outcrop described above

BMT009

Location: 40.369202, -105.617554

Keep L @ Y

BMT010

Location: 40.373051, -105.614067

Trail exits @ Upper Beaver Meadows trailhead; head E on gravel road

BMT011

Location: 40.37265, -105.612465

Turn L back onto trail; marmots scurry in a meadow of blue-green sage brush

BMT012

Location: 40.376934, -105.608032

Turn R to end loop, then return .9 miles to trailhead