"This was a great hike, and a spot-on guide. When given the choice, we tended to veer toward the creek...today was very hot and dry. Hit 100 degrees at least. The creek was really wonderful and we just hiked along in it for a ways and didn't mind a few crossings either.
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It's Sunday and we didn't see a single other person, just one truck at the trailhead. It was a bit smoky today because of the Waldo Canyon fire going on; this may have kept traffic down, but I suspect this is a quiet loop anyways. As we pulled into the parking lot at 8 a.m. we saw a fox; that was the only wildlife all day I think. Speaking of Waldo Canyon, this hike reminded me very much of the W.C. loop. Similar terrain, but Beaver Creek is a tad longer, perhaps steeper/hillier (can't remember), and the creek has more water and is easily accessible.
Today was very tough on our dog (who normally does great on hikes). I agree booties would have made a huge difference - the ground and rocks were so hot, and sometimes sharp. She loved the creek (despite not being a water dog), and we gave her plenty of water, but she did slow us down and we even carried her (45 lbs!) a few times. She is happy to be home now.
The hike took us about 5.5 hours with a lunch break, some creek time, and a sore-pawed dog. Would certainly recommend it, especially if you are familiar with and like the Waldo Canyon loop. Not the most amazing views, but a very diverse trail with water and the potential for wildlife. Wear sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring a lot of water. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the loop."
Visited on Jun 24, 2012