Beaver Ponds 516 Trail

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1.6 km
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75 m
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The Beaver Ponds 516 Trail is an amazing hiking route in the Elk Mountains of Colorado that is perfectly suited for a fantastic family adventure. While out walking the trail, you will climb uphill through a wonderfully atmospheric stretch of forest, before visiting a series of charming ponds along the lower slopes of Ohio Peak. This is a fantastic route if you are simply looking to get outdoors and enjoy reconnecting with nature.

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Route Description for Beaver Ponds 516 Trail

Whether you are a beginner hiker, seasoned outdoor enthusiast, or young family with a few children in tow, the Beaver Ponds 516 Trail is the perfect hiking route near Crested Butte that is suitably for all ages and skill levels.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the west and begin climbing up the gently switchbacking trail as it cuts through the forest. Take some time to appreciate the natural beauty of the woodland setting here, as you work your way past mature trees and keep an eye out for any wildlife that may be present in the area.

Eventually, you will arrive at a series of small woodland ponds set against the backdrop of the slopes of Ohio Peak. After exploring this lovely area, you will head back down the trail on the return leg to your vehicle, having completed the Beaver Ponds 5167 Trail.

Getting to the Beaver Ponds 516 Trail Trailhead

The starting point for the Beaver Ponds 516 Trail can be found along FS-730 at the Beaver Ponds Trailhead.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do

    June to October

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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