09/10/2019 - 09/16/2019
After Glacier NP, we drove to the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park and stayed at Mammoth Hot Springs for several days. Mammoth Hot Springs is an example of travertine depositing hot springs. The water temperature maxes out at 163 degrees. At any given time, about 10% of the water in the Mammoth Hot Springs system is on the surface, 90% is underground.
Notice the footsteps? They look human but that water is too hot, must be bison.
New Highland Terrace
We hiked the Beaver Ponds trail and saw beaver dams, lots of elk, and 2 Great Grey Owls.
Undine Falls and Tower Falls.
After Mammoth, we drove to Madison Campground in the middle of the park and explored the Old Faithful Geyser area. Lots of bison everywhere!!
Hiked to Fairy Falls which plunges 220 feet.
The hike back from Fairy Falls goes alongside the Firehole River.
This is the view right next to the Madison campground where we were staying.
Another view of the Firehole River closer to our campground.
No trip to Yellowstone is complete without seeing Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon is 20 miles in length, more than 1000 ft deep, and 1,500 to 4,000 ft wide. This is the lower falls which is 308 ft.
Notice the platform to the right at the top of the falls, you can hike to this platform on the Brink of the Lower Falls trail.
Brink of the Lower Falls platform.
Notice the staircase down to this viewpoint, called Red Rock Point.
The upper falls drop 109 ft.
Another view of the Firehole River seen on my hike to Lone Star Geyser.
Hiked the Mt. Washburn Trail to the fire lookout at the top of the mountain.