Beaver Ponds Trail

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance4.5mi
Elevation Gain1,835ft
Trailhead Elevation6,250ft
Top6,768ft
Elevation Min/Max6250/6768ft
Elevation Start/End6250/6250ft

Beaver Ponds Trail

Beaver Ponds Trail is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 6,250 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,835 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Cabins residential can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Sepulcher Mountain.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Beaver Ponds Loop begins by climbing up Clematis Gulch thorough a shady spruce and fir forest, gaining 350 feet in the first half mile. The trail then traverses rolling hills, connecting forests, meadows, scenic overlooks and a series of beaver ponds." Read more
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"The most popular moderate-difficulty loop near Mammoth traverses a range of habitats and provides the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife, including the occasional black bear." Read more

Beaver Ponds Trail Reviews

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5/29/2009
We made this hike in a beautiful spring day and greatly enjoyed it. The first part through the grassland can be a bit boring but some deer made it more amusing. When we reached the first lake we were lucky enough to see three black bears on the opposite lake of the lake standing there for more than half an hour... My first bears ever!! What an amazing experience!! I will never forget this beautiful, easy trail.
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7/23/2008
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6/18/2008
We did the loop in reverse to the description here. A short steep climb brings you up to the elk plaza, and the rest of the trail is fairly easy. We saw a muskrat criss-crossing one of the beaver ponds (the beavers have moved elsewhere) and we watched (from a safe distance, of course)a cinnamon-coloured black bear and her two black cubs browsing on vegetation beside the trail. The long descent by the creek down to the Hot Springs plaza was a nice end to the hike.
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5/12/2008
As in the other reviews, the trail does initially have a fairly good upward grade when beginning, which is true in either direction.

Hiking in the spring, when dealing with the snow runoff, it did have some water to deal with including one shin-deep crossing about 50ft wide. Some difficult footing was also present in the area of the actual ponds, with very narrow paths running parallel to hillsides, though this was the rare exception.

Scenery varies greatly, and includes dense woodland, sparse scrub, ponds and hillsides. The northeast section has some particularly beautiful vistas that are worth stopping to appreciate.

We did notice what I believe to be fresh wolf tracks a couple of times, but never encountered any wolf or bear on the trail. The more common concern would be the vast elk herds in the area, and it would not be difficult to find yourself suddenly in the center of a herd.

Due to the easy access and shorter length, expect to see a fair number of other hikers on this trail. Both entrances to the trail can be accessed by foot from the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel and cabins.
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8/2/2006
Excellent loop trail with a great variety of terrain and chance to view wildlife.
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6/20/2003
Well worth a stop. One of the few areas of the park not ravaged by the '88 fires. First 15 minutes is a huff-and-puff uphill for novices like us, but the rest is relatively easy, mostly downhill, good footing & no water crossings. Excellent long-range views, charming ponds, lovely forest walk. Not a solitude trail, as its relative ease makes it popular, but not congested either. Fab view of Mammoth Hot Springs on return trip. All in all--great day hike!
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6/2/2002
This was a fairly easy trail and would be great for a beginner. During the first 1/2 mile you elevate a few hundred feet through forest. The trail ends through a high meadow with elk grazing nearby. Beautiful views and not crowded. We did see 3 carcases and signs of bear activity but no bears.
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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Parks
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs; USGS Mammoth
Local Maps

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