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Beaver Ponds Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gardiner, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 764 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

This is a popular loop hike with two trailheads in Mammoth Hot Springs. This is a great hike for those who want to see wildlife. One trailhead is near the Hymen Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs. The other trailhead is behind the Justice Center. The trail loops through an open area on the side of a mountain, were a great view of Gardner Canyon can be seen. The hike's climax is at the Beaver Ponds which are actually on the Montana side of the Park. There are two beaver dams there, and reports of many kinds of wildlife. Much of the trail is also on the edge of a forest. The trail goes up and down regularly, but the trail doesn't seem to be too steep at any point.

Parking in both places can be tight in the busy summer season, but possible.

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

Go to Mammoth Hot Springs. Trailhead #1: Park near the Liberty Cap. On the side of the terraces closer to the Mammoth General Store you'll find a trailhead near Hymen Spring. Trailhead #2: Park your vehicle near the Justice Center at Mammoth. Behind the buildings is an old road and a trail next to the old road. Take the trail (the road goes somewhere else).

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Susannah Clark
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Hiking

A pleasant moderate-slope loop through meadows and forests. Most of the beaver ponds were not super-impressive but overall this trail has gorgeous mountain and meadow scenery without a lot of effort. It can be hot in the sun but it was faintly breezy once we got up the hill a bit and that made all the difference.

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Serge Dubrouski
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Molly Moore
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HikingGreat!

Arrive early to the Mammoth Springs area to get a parking spot! This is a cozy trail with little elevation gain (happens in the first mile). We enjoyed views of the forest, run-off streams, valleys, wildflowers, and open views of the valley. As on all Yellowstone trails, they suggest bear precautions, and the trail head had a note about recent bear activities, but we did not see any on this day. No beavers, just their ponds. We did see elk, and a pair of badgers though! Bonus fun: you walk into Montana!

Robert Webb
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Hiking

A great hike with not too much elevation change. The Beavet pond is pretty. We didn’t see beavers but there was a family if ducks.

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Josh Frazor
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Bryant S.
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Hiking

Great trail, especially when closer to the ponds. The last couple miles is mainly sagebrush and bit boring but the rest is worth it.

Ashley L
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Liza B
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Nicely well demarcated trail. There are trees with orange trail markers. Trailhead easy to find. Started clockwise by the bathrooms at Mammoth Springs. There’s a little elevation gain and switchbacks but it’s not bad. Not many people. Be very bear aware. A family on the trail saw a grizzly. We didn’t see much wildlife, an elk and lots of squirrels. Saw no beavers but we did see several ponds. Lots of tall grass/plants. Recommend bug spray and pants. We ended at the hotel grounds with elk relaxing on the grass. It is a moderate hike. Elevation gain just over 800 feet. Liked the hike because it was not crowded at all.

Edna Lopez
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Hiking

Amazing trail with beautiful wild flowers and amazing views! I strongly suggest hiking with 3 or more people! On our way up trail 2 people warned us about a black bear sighting off in the distance so we we’re all ready on edge. (We never saw the black bear) We made sure to make noise throughout the trail and we had our bear spray ready! We went on this trail around early afternoon and we only saw one other couple the whole time. Eventually after the second pond we hiked up a little hill and made a right and a grizzly was sitting about 20-30 feet away from us! Luckily it heard us coming so we didn’t surprise it, but we were able to slowly walk away from it without agitating it. Amazing hike but bear spray is a must and I suggest hiking in a larger group than 2!

Brett Becker
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Hiked this in the PM. Follow signs leading up to plateau and then loop all the way around. There are 3 stages of this hike. First you have the switchbacks and bridge crossing; second is the forest and brush; third is the sage and meadow aspect. We ended up see a brown bear and 5 elk (1 bulk) approx 30 feet from the trails so bring the spray (bug and bear) and enjoy the nice fairly flat trail.

Kathy & Jon Boegl
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HikingGreat!

If you take the clockwise route, the trail out of Sepulchur makes its way along streams through wild-flower meadows, with beautiful vistas and a lot of shade. We found poles to be especially helpful during the initial climb in elevation. We saw a doe, two Sandhill cranes and a large herd of elk. The Beaver ponds are beautiful, but not very interesting. (We didn't see Mr. & Mrs. Beaver.) The last two miles back to Mammoth (ending in Old Gardner Rd.) traverses open scrub land with no shade from the sun. Bring plenty of water on warm days.

John Stock
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Hiking

Great trail. Well maintained. Went clockwise starting at the parking lot near Mamouth Springs. Initial hike up was a great work-out. Saw a black bear about 1 mile up, glad to have bear spray handy. However, he quickly ran up a hill after seeing us and hearing our voices. Not very many people on the trail, bring Bear spray just in case. Saw lots of elk, no beavers. Beautiful wildflowers and great vista. Not a lot of bugs, but wore long pants, better with some of the long grass.

Reb Milla
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Hiking

Beautiful. We were bear anxious at first because it’s secluded and full of meadows but soon others joined the trail and we felt better. It rained yesterday and was muddy this morning so maybe bring a walking stick.

Steve Leen
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of changing scenery. Seen lots of elk, couple deer, plenty of birds and a grizzly from far away. We did the trail counter clockwise which is more gradual incline for a lot of the trail. The trail starts behind the ranger station. If you go clockwise you have a constant incline about the first mile but then mostly downhill after that then. Not much shade though.

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Chelsea Fuller
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I took the clockwise route, but both have a decent incline to start and gain/lose elevation throughout. So alltrails is inaccurate for the el. I was glad to go clockwise because the last mile and a half are open and it was super windy today, but it was at my back so it made it ok. Super muddy by the largest pond. Poles were helpful, didn't need my microspikes. Saw some birds, 2 ducks, and a herd of elk.

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Kathy Brown
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Hiking

we hiked it in early Oct so the traffic was light

Jerad Bales
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Hiking

The trail is 5.8 miles from the visitor center. Elevation gain is 1,453 feet. The summary information is wrong on AllTrails. Nevertheless it is a nice hike . I recommend traveling in a clockwise direction as much of the elevation gain comes early. No wildlife life on this very windy late September day.

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Caprice Wright
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Mark Morris
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Hiking

Great hike lots of elk

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Whitney Maxwell
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Hiking

Decent hike on 8/28/19. Not too difficult but better if done in the early morning or evening, as your chances of seeing wildlife are much higher! Be sure to take your binoculars!

Cher Marcks
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Hiking

nice trail per say I agree with another review horrible signage! we started going off trail and realized we were not right. thankfully I was able to google map the trail so we knew where to go. we didn't see any animals just our luck. and it's way longer then 5.5 miles!

Susan K Sheats
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Hiking

The trail was longer than stated. My app measured 6.4 miles from parking area above start of trail and back. We did see a black bear eating berries, which was the highlight of the trail. There were some open vistas looking out to Gardiner and down to the river that were nice. The view toward the Mammoth terraces at the end was really nice. I probably would choose another trail next time. Not enough bang for the buck, so to speak, but lots of good exercise.

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Tim W
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Hiking

We started the trail near the hot springs, so had to do the incline. best bet might be to start near Juniper st. and go counterclockwise on the trail. great views, peaceful.

Lan Wei
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Bring bear spray and be bear aware, we saw a mother bear and cub!! (30 July - late afternoon). A lovely walk through meadows and forest. Not too strenuous.

Heidi Tweed Pinckney
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Nice hike lots of up hill and a pretty steep grade coming down. bugs were a plenty. I didnt see any wildlife but there was fresh evidence of their presence. My tracker was working correctly but tyis seemed longer than 5.5 miles.

Zoe F.
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great trail! beautiful walking through the fields of flowers. saw plenty of elk and deer, and a couple walking the other way said they saw a coyote and a badger. not much shade in parts and loads of bugs by the lake, but the views and flowers make it worth it.

Melissa Nedjoika
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