You can start the loop by the Sepulcher Mountain Trailhead near Mammoth’s Liberty Cap, a large dormant hot spring cone. The trail winds briefly near Clematis Creek before climbing up the hillside to the junction with the Sepulcher Mountain Trail. On the large expanse of sagebrush, find a stunning view of the Mammoth elk herd in Elk Plaza as well as Mount Everts above Gardner Canyon.
As you reach the largest of the beaver ponds, Sepulcher Mountain comes into clear view. Return along the lower end of Elk Plaza and enjoy the smell of sagebrush and the sight of Mount Everts. Toward the end of the trail you will see a well-kept gravel road running parallel below you. This road is actually the Old Gardiner Road, a 5-mile stretch of road used by tally-ho stagecoaches to transport tourists from Gardiner to Mammoth in Yellowstone’s early history. The road is actually open to cars as a one-way road and for bicyclists as a two-way road from May to October.