|With the lakes freshly stocked, young rainbow trout rushed our hooks almost as soon as they hit the water at Lake George.|
|At nearly 11,000 feet elevation, the Gems are not far from the timberline.|
|I was surprised to see a little patch of snow in the shadows on the south side of the lake.|
Still reluctant to face the crowds around Mammoth, the next day we drove down to McGee Creek Road, about 20 miles from Mammoth. Turning off the highway, we drove southwest past the pack station to the trailhead at the end of the road. From there we hiked up the trail through magnificent scenery along the creek until we arrived at the Pond, which lies at an elevation of 9,000 feet.
|McGee Creek Trail starts here.|
|A midday moon|
|The beaver dam widens the creek into a pond of several acres.|
|The beavers' lodge is located near the upper end of the pond.|
|The water level in the pond is about four feet higher than the creek below it. You have to admire the engineering skill of America's largest rodent.|
Tomorrow, we'll head northeast through Nevada and Idaho to the West Entrance of Yellowstone NP.