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Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail from Genesee

  • Oct 31, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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A short and shady hike - the trail might be icy so bring your micro spikes! Dress for the weather with water/wind resistant clothing - no jeans please.

The Beaver Brook and Chavez Trails are close to the metro area, but have a back country feel. A short, but steep trail winds through a thick forest along a brook and when the trees open up, you get a beautiful view.

The loop is around 5 miles roundtrip with about 1000 ft elevation gain. The trail starts off downhill then can be steep and rocky so microspikes and poles might be helpful for some.

We will hike the Braille Nature Trail to Beaver Brook Trail and loop back on the Chavez Trail. The Beaver Brook trail is well marked with signs on trees that say "B/B" and there are mile markers every half mile.

Directions: Take I-70 West to the Chief Hosa Exit #253 to the Genesee Park lot (also the east entrance to the Beaver Brook trail). Turn north at the off ramp stop sign, then right onto Stapleton Drive. Stapleton drive is a dirt road which you take for less than 1 mile to the parking lot which is easy to spot on the left side of the street.

Carpooling: Meet at Wooly Mammoth, Section CC where we'll form some carpools and leave the parking lot at 8:30am. The parking lot is located on I-70 West, Exit 259, turn right then left on US 40 West. Drive up the hill to Section CC, across from the Conoco.

Optional refreshment after the hike at a nearby restaurant.

Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.

See you there!

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  • Eiko

    Thanks for many, great pictures. Some fell in the creek or lost a water bottles while helping others. What a great teamwork it was, Baby Boomers and thank you for a great hike, Debbie.

    November 1, 2013

  • Karen M.

    What a beautiful day: the fall colors. crisp fresh air, great company, challenging brook crossings. Thanks for a wonderful day, Debbie. Thanks for the memorable pictures, Bill, Debbie, and Briggitte

    October 31, 2013

  • Bill B.

    This hike provided some unexpected challenges in the form of a score of creek crossings. Thanks to teamwork and helping hands we all got through with few problems. Microspikes to bare feet this hike was an adventure. Thanks to Debbie for a very fine outing.

    October 31, 2013

  • David C.

    Beaver Brook trail hike turned into our annual creek crossing examination.

    October 31, 2013

  • Terry G.

    Turned into quite the adventure. How many stream crossings was that? Twenty? Fifty?

    October 31, 2013

  • Brigitte C.

    Hahaha!Fellow hikers, looking back wouldn't you laugh at the day we had? This little excursion will go down into the book as a memorable one. I'd say we do away with the Beaver Brook name and dub it the "Seven Stream-Crossings Trail". Phew! When I started out this morning little did I know that it involved crossing the Rubicon - with my socks & shoes in my arms- LOL. Quite an adventure and a challenge for most of us, but we did it... thanks to teamwork spirits!
    Cheers to camaraderie!
    Here's to Debbie for leading us unscathed from the bottom of the creek out to sunlight!

    October 31, 2013

    • Debbie

      Brigitte, if you count all the little creeklets, it was up to 18 or 19 water crossings!

      October 31, 2013

    • Brigitte C.

      Without a doubt, Debbie... I've never been on a trail which follows such a swift running brook for a good part of the way. The brook itself divides into innumerable creeks & creeklets, small waterfalls & mini cascades. Enchanting, charming, but bitingly icy if you happen to accidentally step into its water. Quite a few of us experienced 'that bite' this morning. As someone pointed out, with so many water crossings, any bridges spanning the water is looked upon as a lifeline and no longer taken for granted. :-)

      October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dog on leash with a well behaved owner ok on this hike?

    October 31, 2013

    • Debbie

      Holly, good thing you didn't continue with your dog! This turned out to be a challenging hike because of all the creek crossings - some icy and slippery! Hope to see you again on another hike.

      October 31, 2013

  • S

    Lovely company on my day off from work. It was good to get my feet wet, so to speak, with the baby-boomers group! ;) Was nice being out in nature and just soaking it all in today...

    October 31, 2013

  • Debbie

    What an adventure! Almost 19 creek and Creek let crossings - some pretty challenging!! Good day for the micro spikes.

    October 31, 2013

  • Sharon

    I came home to an email about working tomorrow. Need to pass, have a great hike!

    October 30, 2013

  • Larry E.

    The pressing errands and projects I've been placing on hold have put
    me in a Half Nelson. Must reluctantly pass on tomorrow. Enjoy!

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Take some good pictures Mr. Bloomquist.

    October 30, 2013

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