Beaver Pond – 3.5mi / 5.6km
If you are looking for a shorter hike that is easy on the knees, has flowering meadows, and offers excellent birding, the Beaver Pond trail is the one for you. The hike begins by bouncing in and out of forests and meadows. Soon after you will move into a burned area where gray tree trunks make for the aforementioned excellent birding.
It only gets better when you get to Beaver Pond. Complete your hike by continuing on the trail through more burned areas, aspen groves, and flower meadows – all with views of Glacier’s incredible peaks. The trail will eventually intersect with the Red Eagle Lake Trail, which you can follow back in a loop to the original trailhead.
Trailhead: Follow signs to the old 1913 Ranger Station, located just east of the East Entrance in St. Mary.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 300ft / 90m