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“Even on "Free Admission" day we only saw ten people on the trail!”

Beaver Ponds Loop Trail
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Owner description: At just over 5 miles, this trail offers visitors intimate views of Yellowstone's peaks, ponds, meadows and wildlife.
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Followed the gentler CCW path beginning behind the hotel. As other reviews have noted it as kind of confusing, take the path across the old dirt road. Also at the end, while going CCW, there is a very steep switchback which heads north and then turn you around to south and the end of the trail at Liberty Cap. The only wildlife we saw were three elk at the very end . LOTS of up and down, we should have waited another day to acclimate to the altitude (max about 6700ft) because we really felt it. Bring plenty of water.

1  Thank dixiedually
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We didn't get to hike the whole trail because it started raining a mile into it and my son wanted to turn back, but the part we did hike was beautiful! The view once you reach the top of the switchbacks is gorgeous, and the kids loved the little bridges at the beginning of the hike. We saw 4 elk...two females and two babies. They were right off the trail so we had to go a little off the path to go around them. Such a neat sight! Wish we had been able to do the whole thing, but was still well worth the time!

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Reviewed 9 July 2016

This hike has a fairly strenuous start but soon levels out and is a lovely stroll thereafter. The 5-mile loop is a mix or forest and meadow - with the last beaver pond providing a lovely spot for a picnic lunch.

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

The trail is a bit confusing to get to the trail head. After ascending on the trail there are many other smaller trails that lead to various lookouts or different paths that I didn't have the slightest clue which it lead to. After much detouring than finally arriving at the correct trail, we were derailed by a bull elk. We had two other sets of hikers on our path that refused to pass the bull, especially since it was within 10 yards of the path. After waiting it out and trying (with no success) to find a different path, the husband and I decided to take our chances with the grazing bull. He didn't pose any threat and did not pay much attention to us. Upon arrival to the beaver ponds, I thought that the hike up to this point was really not worth the scenery. The path does provide a good workout and various change of sceneries within the 5 mile hike. I would try this, but just be aware it is not the most exciting hike that Yellowstone has to offer.

Thank adventuretravelswife
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a nice five mile loop trail that takes you through different terrain. It's a great introduction to hiking in Yellowstone. It has some nice views and in late June and early July has beautiful wild flowers.

Thank WildButtercup
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