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Skiing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Beaver Ponds Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,330 Feet (2844 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 220 Feet (67 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,550 Feet (2911 Meters)
Length: .5 Mile to the Beaver Ponds
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 516
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Mt. Axtell
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The trailhead for this path lies on Ohio Creek Road approximately 19 miles from Highway 135 near Gunnison. The parking lot for this trail is about three miles south of Ohio Pass. The trail begins at 9,320 feet and leads one half mile west to a series of beaver ponds. The trail winds through dense aspen stands and is an excellent hike in the fall season. This is also a good hike to do with small children for some fishing.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel four miles north on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road. Follow Ohio Creek Road north about nineteen miles to the Beaver Ponds Trailhead.

Directions from Crested Butte: Leave the town limits on Kebler Pass Road heading westward. Travel passed the road to Irwin Lake and turn on to Ohio Pass Road. Drive four miles on Ohio Pass Road to the Beaver Ponds Trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Beaver Ponds Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Beaver Ponds
ICON Fishing Beaver Ponds
ICON Hiking & Walking Beaver Ponds Trail
ICON Animal Identification Beaver Ponds Trail
ICON Bird Identification Beaver Ponds Trail
ICON Plant Identification Beaver Ponds Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Beaver Ponds Trail

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Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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