Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

EASY 35 reviews
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Beaver Ponds Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

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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.

2 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Those two rather large snakes were still there today, in the middle of the trail. The hike itself is beautiful, rolling over meadows filled with wildflowers. Saw a few elk but that was it. Trail is easy to moderate in difficulty. Saw families with younger children.

hiking
24 days ago

We were pressed for time so only did a portion of this hike starting from near mammoth hot springs. Within 20 minutes we passed two snakes at different areas near the trail - both about 5ft long.

25 days ago

26 days ago

Great hike to see wildlife in the Mamoth area. we started the hike on the hot springs terrace side. The first two miles are covered so watch out for bears. Two groups ahead of us spotted a black bear but we didn't see it. Lot of wildlife sighting including a fox, deer, a lost deer calf :( and plenty of birds (geese, ducks, crows, osprey, robins and woodpeckers). No beavers though. Definetely worth the 2h.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy. We thought it was neat how the trail goes through multiple climate zones (thick trees, valleys, open plains). Walked through a herd of elk.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was very nice. Even though we were quite early in the season, it was basically free of snow. We also saw tons of wildlife along the trail...elks, a moose, a beaver, and other animals.

1 month ago

Awesome! Just watch for the bears hanging around the terrace side of the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy trail with a little bit of everything.

8 months ago

8 months ago

9 months ago

It's fairly steep the first mile (taking the loop clockwise) but after that it's easy. I had 4g up there so I could tell right where I was on the trail which was pretty cool.

10 months ago

Saw a mule deer at the top towards the lake area

hiking
10 months ago

Made the loop, deer and bear present

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful loop trail. Saw lots of wildlife including bear, and elk.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

First a warning about this beautiful trail. At the last quarter mile if hiking the loop counter clockwise, there is NO SIGN OR MARKER for a u-turn or switchback going down to reach the end. Instead, the trail continues straight and dead ends at a ridge or hill, looking down at Manmoth hotel. To make matters more confusing, there is a faded trail 30 feet back that goes up a hill and leads nowhere. DONT GO THAT WAY. We got caught in a rain storm and lost the trail up there and had trouble finding our way back. We could have died as we were unprepared for the weather (our fault) and it was dark. We had symptoms of hypothermia and briefly panicked. This faded false trail was a major cause (as well as no marker sign) and is no doubt created by other lost hikers who miss the unmarked switchback and wander up the hill looking for the actual trail. Watch for this fork and if you miss it, retrace to find it. Otherwise it was a beautiful day beforehand and the hike and ponds were just beautiful. When you reach the large pond or lake you'll know it because it's stunningly beautiful. The lush forest surrounding it create an awesome green reflection and you engulfed in a spectacular emerald bowl. And a great viewpoint from the little log bridge. Sit there for a while and soak it in. I would hike this trip again in a minute now that I know the trail. Also, it may seem or actually be longer than 5.6 miles so start early.

hiking
Saturday, February 06, 2016

A lesser-traveled trail in Yellowstone National Park that has its trailheads in the Mammoth Hot Springs area. It features opportunities to see wildlife (beaver, waterfowl, deer, elk, and even the occasional moose). It offers views of the eponymous beaver ponds as well as views of the hot springs. Only saw one other group on the trail, so this is a good opportunity to escape the crowds.