Beaver Ponds Loop

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Beaver Ponds Loop


  • Mule deer by the trail.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • View of Bunsen Peak to the south.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • Walk through a sagebrush sea.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • Great views of Mount Everts.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • Forested sections are nothing short of magical.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • First of the Beaver Ponds.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • Last (and largest) of the Beaver Ponds.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • An amazing view of Sepulcher Mountain.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • Return view of Mammoth Hot Springs by Trailhead 1N4.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • You can do the loop in reverse from 1N4.- Beaver Ponds Loop
  • - Beaver Ponds Loop
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Amazing views. Wildlife viewing.
Crowded parking in peak season.
Yellowstone, WY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,295.00 ft (1,918.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Beaver Ponds Loop is an accessible, short day hike out of Mammoth Hot Springs, packed with ample wildlife sightings and fantastic views of Sepulcher Mountain and Mount Everts.

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.

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