Beaver Ridge

4.8/5 (21 reviews)
Alma, Colorado (Park County)
Last Updated: 06/22/2022
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Highlights

The Beaver Ridge 4x4 trail offers a wide variety of terrain over this half-day excursion. From winding forest road to high alpine two-track, the trail peaks out above 12,000 feet and offers epic views of the surrounding 14,000-foot peaks. Ample campsites, stunning fall colors, and prime fall hunting make this a great Park County destination.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail with some great views. The only important thing to note is that at Waypoints 3 & 8, the Forest Service has put up barricades that close off a good portion of the trail. I'm not sure if it's a seasonal thing for wildlife (I did see a nice bull moose at Waypoint 3) or if it's permanent but I was bummed to not be able to go through the water crossings and explore the entire area. Also, parked in one of the campsites was a guy doing some target shooting and not only was he shooting across the beaver ponds (illegal), he didn't pick up any of his brass either. Don't be like that guy. Leave places cleaner than you found them.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful trail, especially the single track between the water crossings points 5 & 8. A fall color favorite with not a lot of traffic for peak fall Sunday. The rain made for some slipping between points 11 & 12. The trail name is perfect due to the high ridge views beyond point 12 and the nice change up from the beautiful beaver dam filled valley.
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - k  vanelders
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - k  vanelders
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Rory
1500
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Probably one of my new favorite trails… I love everything about it! Challenging enough for someone new to off roading, but not so challenging that they won’t learn something new. I definitely gained some knowledge on this trail. The views are wonderful, you won’t be disappointed! Careful tire placement is needed on the beginning of the trail right after the first water crossing… there is a huge rut in the middle of the trail from the run off of the b e a v e r pond, so just be careful!Everything after that is a breeze, just be aware that pinstriping will happen. I can’t recommend this trail enough.
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - Rory
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - Rory
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Scott
4400
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very pretty trail and mostly flowy. A nice change from mostly rock trails I'm used to. Ended up seeing a huge Moose feet from the trail! What a site and we maybe saw 3 people.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I had a great time on this trail and could not believe how little traffic their was for a Saturday. The trail is starting to become a little overgrown in places and my JLU brushed against quite a few branches with no option to avoid them. There are a lot of hidden goodies to be found if you take your time to stop and explore off the main trail. I started from the southern side like the directions for this guide. After you cross the little creek and hang the left described there is a lot of deep rutting which requires good clearance, like the poster below describes. It appears the beaver dam is causing overflow which is causing some pretty good rutts and some of these are unavoidable. People have made a bypass that goes a little further to the side of the beaver dam, so this point is not an obstacle but you can see that the original trail is about halfway washed out. Most of the trail is easy but the rocky sections and the beaver washout earn this trail its rating in my opinion.
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - David
Trail Review: Beaver Ridge - David
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