The Braille Trail > Beaver Brook Trail > Windy Saddle and Look out Mountain
Starting Elevation: 7400 ft
Highest Elevation: 7800 Ft ( we did approximately 2000 ft total elevation gain)
Trail Length: 8.8 miles one way 17.6 round trip. on this trip we did 9 miles round trip.
Trail uses: Hiker only
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult due to length and Elevation gains and losses
Bathrooms: There was supposed to be one somewhere after the Braille Trail but we couldn’t find it so maybe
Pets: Dogs on Leash only
I know I know ….. I am a terrible blogger I have been away forever. Things have been super crazy in my life but the one thing I haven’t stopped doing is hiking every weekend. I haven’t done a ton of new hikes but I want to make sure I get them out here, because the new hikes I did hit were all amazing and I want to keep track of them.
I will try and get back on track with the healthy part. I haven’t lost new weight, but I haven’t gained any either so I still need to lose about 50 pounds.
Let’s focus on this particular new hike – I found this hike in a book, but dismissed it because round trip it is LONG and then a friend told me about it. Well the first couple miles of it any way and her description way out did the book. It was easy to get to and had potential great pay out so away we went.
The road to the trailhead does turn to dirt but is drivable with a low clearance vehicle (aka a civic like low clearance type of vehicle).
There are 2 parking lots, one on the left a little higher and one on the right > right on the trailhead. Both are small and this trail gets good use = cars eventually park all the way up the road on the side.
The first quarter mile of this trail is a braille trail for the blind. There is a guide rope and knowledge boards in both written and braille. I mean how incredibly cool is that!?!?!
The trail descends about 840 feet to the Beaver Brook over the course of a mile and a half and it really is quite lovely the whole way down.
We got to the brook pretty quickly and just enjoyed the view
From here it got kinda tricky finding and keeping the trail. It winds through and over a drainage stream with a lot of scrambling and trying to get over big rocks. Look for the trails markers, either the BB or a yellow diamond to keep track of the trail. I had planned on taking pictures on the way back but life happens.
Then it is a steep climb up about 1200 feet and over some big boulders in places for about 1.7 miles. It was pretty steep through this sections with some nice sized boulders to get past while climbing up over the gulch the brook is in.
We got to the highest part and it was so pretty looking around and down at the Clear Creek below!
Our goal this day was to get to the Gudy Gaskill Loop and then head back to the car looking for 9-10 miles total. But where we expected the trail break to be it never showed up. We hunted around for 30 minutes and finally gave up, heading back.
I remember thinking on the way up as we crossed a certain set of boulders how tricky it may be on the way back and man I was right! On the way down, my leg slid and got trapped between those boulders while I fell hard on my butt right on a cactus, I popped up but my leg was still stuck so I had to fall back on the cactus, get my leg out and then I called to Aaron for help.
The cactus was young and the prickles were abundant > fortunate or not, they weren’t very long or hard. Aaron was trying to get out as many as could so I could walk again but then he pushed a bunch through both my pants and then underwear…. you can probably guess where this is going. Eventually this random cat call hit us. It was then that I realized that I was standing on cliff of the canyon with my butt facing out while Aaron diligently tried to get out enough prickles so I could walk out the last 2.5 miles.
So that happened….. Did I mention that the hike to Beaver Brook and back, insanely popular?
Anyway, no surprise here, all those pictures I planned on taking on the way back to show the trail never happened. Oh and all the prickles were not out. So in case you are wondering walking up a mountain with cactus prickles in your bottom… not fun. Seeing like a million people hanging out at the Beaver Brook on the way down wondering how many saw your butt…. well eye averting.
Needless to say it was an interesting hike with few pictures but huge memories…. interesting memories.
Overall the hike was pretty amazing for a million reasons except the one that may make me avoid it for a while. It is an incredible workout with great views.
There are no favorite picture to share after the directions but I do hope you check it out and have better luck then I did!
Directions: Take I 70 west from Denver to the Chief Hosa exit and turn right immediately and follow the road down to the trailhead.