Beaver Brook Watershed is a fairly easy hike to a gorgeous lake, without traveling far from Denver. There is a wonderful little spot on top of some large boulders on the north side of the lake.
The lake is a water source for the community, therefore there is no swimming and you can't let you dogs in.
There are a lot of options to make this hike longer or more difficult, as there are quite a few branching trails in the area. To get to the great views looking down upon the lake, park at the East lot. When the trail forks, keep right. This will take you down to the lake and eventually to a gate with no trespassing signs. Just before the gate to your right as you are walking up to it, you will see a faint path that leads up the mountain a bit. See the photo below and the path to the right.
Take this up a little ways and you will see the flat rocks overlooking the lake. It is a perfect spot for a picnic or to grab some picturesque shots of the lake and the valley below.
Overall this is a fantastic hike if you are looking for a mountain lake without driving too far from Denver. I definitely recommend checking out the view from above the lake, but there is also a path along the shoreline that is nice and relaxing.
The lake and especially the rocky lookout above the lake offer some fantastic photo opportunities!
This is a pretty easy hike with a lot of options and wide trails, a good one for the whole family! There is a nice bench next to the lake, and the lookout is a great place for a scenic picnic.
There are two places to park for this hike. The closer is the East parking area. It is right off of Squaw Pass Road, easy and paved the whole way from Denver. There is a small parking area on both sides of the road.