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Beaver Lake Trail
Beaver Lake Loop

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Hiking the Loop

Summary:

The loop section of Beaver Lake trail follows the shoreline of Beaver Lake fairly close for most of its length with the exception of one stretch that cuts across a muskeg area on a hill above the lake.

Distance and Time: 3 miles; 1.5-3 hr (round trip)

The loop section proper is about one mile around the lake, with the other two miles consisting of getting to and from the trailhead. A significant factor in the time taken to do this hike is the initial quarter mile of switchbacks up the hillside.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Elevation Change: Moderate

  • The first quarter mile consists of a series of switchbacks up a steep hillside from the bottom of the valley with an elevation gain of more 200 feet.
  • After the first quarter mile the elevation change to the lake is slight.
  • There are a few short hills along the loop with the largest of them gaining (and dropping) about 60 feet as the trail goes over a small muskeg covered hill.
Route Finding: Easy

Trail Condition: Good

  • The loop portion of the trail was completed in Spring 2004 and the rest of the trail received significant maintenance as part of the work.
  • In winter sections of the trail may be quite icy.
Seasonal Notes

Spring

  • Flowers bloom all along the trail starting in spring.
Summer

  • Flowers bloom throughout the summer.
  • Dragonflies are common in the muskeg portions of the loop as well as around the lake.
Fall

  • The first snow on the surrounding mountains can be a dramatic sight.
Winter

  • Accessibility is less convenient due to the closure of Blue Lake Road
  • The trail may be quite icy in places.
  • The lake may freeze

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© Matt Goff

Created: July 7, 2007
Last updated: July 18, 2007

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