Beaver Pond Trail
Beaver Pond Trail
NPS Trail crew reports Trail clear of snow and no trees down. 6/2/2012
NPS Trail crew reports
1913 Ranger Station to Red Eagle Trail / 1.2 mi. Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 4/24/12 30% snow cover
NPS Trail crew reports that the Beaver Pond Trail is "clear with a few wet spots. 5/31/11
Field Chickweed (Starry Grasswort) Cerastium arvense
The Beaver Pond Trail in late spring and early summer has a diverse selection of wildflowers. The mountains surrounding St Mary Lake are visible from some of the small wildflower glades, the further you hike the more the meadows up to the mountains. Beaver Pond Trail also serves as a snowshoe and xc ski trail during the winter months. Photo below of the outbuilding at the 1913 ranger station for Glacier National Park. Beaver Pond Trail is one of the easiest nice hikes in the park. In addition to being an easy hike in late spring and early summer it is the best wildflower hike that I have found in Glacier National Park. When other trails are covered in ten feet of snow, this trail is cloaked in a large variety of wildflowers.
Beaver Pond Trail dries out early, except near the Beaver Pond with a wide variety of wildflowers. Beaver Pond Trail has now been added to my list of trails that I want to do every year. Potentially a great wildflower hike, also commanding views of the east side of Glacier National Park. Good early season conditioning hike
The abundance, or conversely the absence of wildflowers on the Beaver Pond Trail is subject to the whims of rain, snow, sunshine and drought. 2010 has the potential to be a great wildflower year if the sun will ever start shining, 2008 and 2005 were great wildflower years.