Beaver ponds hike was a short 5 mile loop around a few ponds near Mammoth hot springs.
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail
Round trip distance: 5 mile loop trail
Trail Description: The trail begins in Clematis Gulch between Liberty Cap and the stone house. It follows the creek up Clematis Gulch, climbing 350 feet through spruce and fir trees. The beaver ponds are reached after hiking 2.5 miles through open meadows of sage and stands of aspen. Mule deer, pronghorn antelope, moose, beaver dams and lodges, and occasionally bear may be sighted in the area. There are spectacular views as you wind your way back to Mammoth
No bear sightings this time.
We did see a few interesting things.
This amazing metallic blue bug!
Is this a type of flea beetle?
Lots of Grasshoppers…..
Some very interesting mushrooms
and a lichen heart(Sorry Sicksta Dell..couldn't take it out of the park)
My camera battery was losing juice
This was the last photo I took before the rain..and before
luckily Jeff had his camera and he captured a few photosI pieced two of his photos together to show you how incredible this was.. What a wonderful way to start out our trip to Yellowstone..More hikes to come….see you soon!