Beaver Pond Trail

Glacier National Park, Montana

Distance1.9mi
Elevation Gain561ft
Trailhead Elevation4,713ft
Top4,813ft
Elevation Min/Max4529/4813ft
Elevation Start/End4713/4660ft

Beaver Pond Trail

Beaver Pond Trail is a hiking trail in Glacier County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 4,713 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 561 feet. This trail connects with the following: Red Eagle and St Mary Corral Cutoff.

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"An excellent choice for new and young hikers, the Beaver Pond Trail easily rolls through two distinct scenes: a thick aspen and pine forest to the ponds and open prairie meadows with views of Saint Mary Lake and surrounding peaks, plus the Historic 1913 Ranger Station at the trailhead.

Frogs and birds reside here. Look for sandpipers, red-winged blackbirds, cedar waxwings, and red-naped sapsuckers. As you continue, notice the white geranium and larkspur, and listen for songbirds’ trill. The trail meets the route to Red Eagle Lake; take the right/north route toward the trailhead and parking area. Soon, the trail approaches the shore of Saint
Mary Lake, where a spur trail leads to fine picnic spots."

"Though lacking in spectacular scenery, this hike runs through a pleasant landscape of coniferous forests, grassy meadows, and aspen groves. It receives few visitors and is thus a good place to find solitude. The trail begins by climbing the hill to the original St. Mary Ranger Station, built in 1910 of native timber. Behind the old buildings, the path ascends to a low ridgetop that bears the scars of periodic lightning fires. This ridge is a terminal moraine of the glacier that carved the St. Mary Valley, bulldozed into place at the toe of the glacier by the slow but inexorable surge of glacial ice. The path follows the ridgetop through grassy meadows and into lands burned in the Red Eagle Fire of 2006, providing views of Red Eagle Mountain to the southwest and East Flattop Mountain to the north. This fire burned over 34,000 acres, nature’s way of serving as the architect of future forest composition. Eventually the trail enters rank grasslands bordered by aspen groves, and Split Mountain appears up the Red Eagle Creek Valley."

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Glacier National Park
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Nov 2018