Beaver Ponds Trail

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Very Easy
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3.7 km
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34 m
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The Beaver Ponds Trail is an easy hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail leads adventurers through a luxuriant meadow that grants impressive views of Longs Peak. This is a great spot to view grazing elk, notably in the fall.

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Route Description for Beaver Ponds Trail

The Beaver Ponds Hike is an ideal family-friendly adventure in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Kids and adults alike will appreciate sights of wildlife interacting in their natural environment. Hike through open meadows and along the Cub Creek to the Beaver Ponds. In the summer months ensure to wear plenty of sunscreen as the terrain is exposed. Located within the Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors are required to purchase a park pass.

Departing from the Cub Lake Trailhead, the Cub Lake Trail tracks south into an open meadow. As you travel this trail, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of Longs Peak in the south, the tallest summit in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue hiking and the path will eventually divert you west along Cub Creek. Track along the babbling creek and you will shortly be delivered to the Beaver Ponds. From here, revel in the mountainous vistas and keep an eye out for elk!

If you still have some gas left in the tank, continue along the route to Cub Lake. If not, simply retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Beaver Ponds Trail Trailhead

The Beaver Ponds Hike departs from the Cub Lake Trailhead.

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    Out and back

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