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Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 6,800 Feet (2119.7 Meters) Elevation at ponds
Elevation Gain: 226 Feet (70.4 Meters)
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall
USGS Maps: Trails Illustrated (Mammoth Hot Springs), Mammoth USGS quad.

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General Description

Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, located near Mammoth, offers a moderate 5 mile loop that climbs 226 feet through Douglas-fir trees. The trail follows the creek up Clematis Gulch and the beaver ponds are reached after hiking 3 miles through open meadows of sagebrush and stands of aspen. Elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose, beaver dams/lodges, and the occasional beaver and black bear may be sighted in the area. There are spectacular views as you wind your way back to Mammoth.

Trailhead: Clematis Gulch between Liberty Cap and the stone house (Judge's house)

Directions from The North Entrance: Travel south to Mammoth Hot Springs. The trailhead is on the right just below the main hot springs by Liberty Cap. Due to flooding in 1996 the original footbridge was destroyed and now you must start from the bus parking area on the east side of Clematis Creek.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Beaver Ponds Loop Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification In the spring it is common to see larkspur, shooting stars, bitterroot, and primrose.
ICON Viewing Scenery Offers sweeping views of Gardner River Valley, Absaroka Range and Mount Everts.
ICON Viewing Wildlife Opportunities for viewing elk, moose, pronghorn, beaver, and black bear.

Related Activities
Albright Visitor Center - Albright Visitor Center (formerly bachelor officers' quarters) & Museum, located five miles inside the North Entrance, features a museum, Moran Gallery, theater, Yellowstone Association, backcountry office and handicap accessible restrooms between Visitor Center hours.

Indian Creek Campground - Indian Creek Campground, located in the northwest section of the park, features 75 RV and tent sites.

Mammoth Campground -

Sepulcher Mountain Trail - Sepulcher Mountain Trail, located near Mammoth, offers a strenuous 11 mile loop trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381


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