Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

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Beaver Ponds Loop Trail is a 5.5 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

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horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

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forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Stunning hike through a combination of different landscapes. Not too difficult but it was long, kid friendly as long as they are used to being outdoors. Saw wolves but no bears. Other hikers said they saw a bear though.

6 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike with gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains. The incline is pretty gradual, and there is a great chance of viewing wildlife, especially elk in this area. The beaver ponds are excellent for photography with the mountains reflecting in them. This is one of our favorite shorter Yellowstone hikes!

hiking
7 months ago

An enjoyable hike that helped get me acclimated to the higher altitude. Great scenery and relatively easy hike.

7 months ago

My husband and I went on this trail on the last day of August 2017. We had a great time. We found it challenging but not too difficult. We are from sea level so some trails proved a little more difficult for us. From the trail we saw a hawk, one snake, some ruffed grouse, elk hanging out by mammoth hotel and two beautiful mule deer. This trail does a great job of taking you away from crowds. One of our favorites from the trip.

hiking
8 months ago

Nothing special but nice wildlife (sandhill cranes with chick, some elk, blue winged teals and a family of Cooper's hawk). The pond itself is much smaller and less impressive then it looks on the pictures.

Be aware of elk that you see in the sage, we saw a female standing 2 meters of the trail, as we saw later, her calf was hidden in the sage and if we wouldn't avoid it, she could charge.

hiking
9 months ago

Waste of time. Trying to figure how this trail received so many positive reviews.

hiking
10 months 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
10 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 months 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
11 months 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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great easy trail with a little bit of everything.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Saw a mule deer at the top towards the lake area

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Made the loop, deer and bear present

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

This loop trail has two entry points. One is located at the base of Mammoth Hot Springs, within sight of the Devil's Thumb and Liberty Cap. The other is at the base of the old Yellowstone road to Gardiner (a one-way dirt road you can take from Mammoth to Gardiner). There is plenty of wildlife along the trail. We say deer and elk, and we saw MANY animal tracks and game trails.

hiking
Friday, August 07, 2015

A great easy 1:45 minute hike taken in the snows of early April.

hiking
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Great hike. Fairly short, but rewarding. It's a loop so you don't have to see the same stuff twice. Ask anybody you see coming the other way if they saw any wildlife. We did that and it lead to a black bear sighting. A passer by told us a specific location to look over a ridge on the side of the trail and sure enough, there was a black bear relaxing on the hillside over the ridge when we got there about an hour after he told us about it. We never would have seen it if we did not ask because it was out of view from the trail. We also saw several elk and some interesting birds.

hiking
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Easy, scenic hike - lots of wildflowers in late spring/early summer. Not much wildlife, but that's okay as hikers are warned grizzlies are common in the area. Nice hike to acclimate to elevation and get the legs working.

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

This was an unbelievably wonderful hike. The views were spectacular and the ponds were beautiful. I will say this: I am SO, SO glad that we started the loop at the trailhead right next to the boardwalk for Mammoth Hot Springs (as compared to the trailhead behind the Mammoth Inn building). It was a sharp uphill climb for a lot of the first 0.7 miles, but once we got past that it was really nice and mellow - most of it was a gentle downhill. If we had started from behind the Inn, I feel we would have had a lot more uphill to worry about. (Also, a superficial thing, we saw the biggest and prettiest pond last by going this way. Made it a beautiful end before looping back down to our car.)

We saw mule-deer and pheasants, but no bears or elk. The elk were all chilling down at the buildings at Mammoth Hot Springs.

hiking
Monday, May 13, 2013

I started the trail near the hot springs. It was perfect weather outside. I saw grouse, sandhill cranes, an American coot, lesser scaups, elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, and other animals. I started the trail about 5:30 pm, so there were a lot of animals near the water getting their evening drink. I only saw one couple on the trail (which is unusual because it's a high traffic area). There was a downed tree that diverted a stream into the trail. You have to walk around a small marshy area to get past it. Other than that, the trail was in good condition.

hiking
Monday, June 25, 2012

This was my second favourite hike at Yellowstone this year (the first being the south rim of the canyon up to Sublime Summit) Signs at the trailhead said a bear had been sighted in the area, but we didn't see any wildlife other than chipmunks and uinta ground squirrels. The views are incredible and you get a little bit of everything.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2011

This is one of my favorite hikes in Yellowstone. The three plus ponds that make up Beaver Ponds are so amazingly pretty and there are tons of animals along the trails (be bear aware - we saw lots of grizzly prints so bring bear spray and make noise). There are some steep elevation climbs and it really seems longer than 5 miles (I said that more than once along the trail) but the views are so worth it. We were there during the changing of the leaves and that Aspen grooves gave a yellow hue to everything around them. We did not see one other person the entire time on the trail. It was like the entire area was just ours! A must do for anyone staying close to the Mammoth entrance. Also check out the Boiling River after for a much needed soak!

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2011

Short loop with lots of scenery, wildlife, and wilderness.

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