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    Beaver Pond Trail


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    The Beaver Pond Trail is a place that holds a lot of history, from the Historic Ranger Station and barn to the Red Eagle Fire that burned 34,000 acres of Glacier National Park and Blackfeet Lands in 2006. Wander through the groves and grassy fields, and don’t forget to check out the marshy shores of Beaver Pond for a moose or two, as this is their favourite place to forage. Continue past Red Eagle Lake, and you will see more damage done by the fires as you pass burned tree trunks heading to St. Mary Lake and out of this trail.

    Route Description for Beaver Pond Trail

    The Beaver Pond Trail is a popular hike that reminds us of the tragic wildfires that swept through Glacier National Park in 2006. The ponds make for excellent moose spotting opportunities, and give you a mild workout and is great for all skill levels.

    If you are looking for stunning views, a bit of history and some solitude, then the Beaver Pond Trail is for you. Few visitors frequent the trails, so you can take in the beauty and find peace without it being overcrowded with hikers and tourists. The hike begins in the parking area for the Historic 1913 Ranger Station and continues in a loop with the remnants of the Red Eagle fire 1.6 km from the trailhead. Continuing on for 0.8 km will take you to the Beaver Pond from which the trail was named, and another 0.6 km will bring you to the Red Eagle junction, where you will turn right and head towards St. Marys Lake. Stopping for lunch here is what many hikers enjoy before continuing on back to the Ranger Lodge and to the parking lot.

    Getting to the Beaver Pond Trail Trailhead

    To get to Beaver Pond Trail from St. Marys, head northwest on Glacier Route 1/Going-to-the-Sun Road. In 0.5 km, turn left, and after 0.5 km, turn right. Turn left onto St Mary Area Road, and Beaver Pond Trail will be on your right-hand side.

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      April - October

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