The trail began next to the Mammoth Terraces. Early on, we crossed a wooden bridge over a stream and then began climbing gradually. There were lots of pretty bright yellow flowers alongside the trail.
After about 2 miles, we came to the first of several ponds. We watched as a duck dived over and over into the water after fish.
The first Beaver Pond
Another Beaver Pond
Wildflowers along the trail
After passing several ponds, we entered a section of forest. There we saw a deer eating some of the grass growing between the trees.
Soon we left the woods for a flat, grassy section of trail that gave us a great view of the surrounding mountains and the full moon above. Here we saw a beautiful elk walking past us to the left.
Full moon and antler
Elk walking past
After about a mile more, Mammoth came back into view from the hills above where we were. From there, we could see not only the town but also the terraces and Bunsen Peak.
Mammoth comes into view
Mammoth from the trail above
Mammoth, the terraces, and Bunsen Peak
View from the trailhead at the end of the hike
After we finished hiking, we headed to the Mammoth community center, where we joined other park employees for pickup dodgeball. After sitting in meetings all day, the hike and the dodgeball were the perfect way to end the day!
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