OUR FIRST ROADTRIP FEATURE..........
WHERE TO CRASH
Journey along Highway 395 with the Paiute Indians as they share legends of long ago. Listen as the era of prospectors, mining camps and mule teams comes to life, and go back in time to discover how a Slim Princes found her way into the Eastern Sierra. This fascinating 395 Roadside Heritage CD is available to download online at http://www.roadsideheritage.org.
Yosemite National Park / Tioga Pass -
Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake & June Lake Loop: Full Day
State Historic Park:
June Lake Loop drive is approximately 15 miles of dramatic Sierra
peaks, alpine scenery with a chain of gorgeous lakes, Grant Lake, Silver
Lake, Gull Lake & June Lake, all nestled in a steep
horseshoe-shaped canyon. There is fishing, hiking, boating, horseback
riding, camping, stores, restaurants and the Double Eagle Resort and Spa
which is world class.The scenic loop begins 10 miles south of Mono
Lake, off of U.S. 395. The road rejoins U.S. 395 as you head back to
Welcome Center Mammoth Lakes:
Mammoth Lakes Basin:
lakes form the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie,
Lake George and Horseshoe Lake are nestled below jagged peaks and pine
forest. Easily acceccible by car, the lakes are a favorite spot for
picnics, day hikes, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. Take Main
Street - Lake Mary Road just 3 miles, ten minutes drive from the Town of
Mammoth Lakes. Total driving tour will take 30 to 45
Devils Postpile: Devils Postpile is a unique geologic feature, formed 100,000 years ago by an eruption of lava. The lava cooled uniformly, leaving surface cracks,resulting in six-sided basalt vertical columns. Devils Postpile is a short, easy half-mile hike from the trailhead. The National Parks Service offers interpretive tours, a ranger station, picnic area, restrooms and a campground.
Rainbow Falls: The San Joaquin River tumbles over an abrupt 101-foot lava ledge, sending rainbows of color into the mist. The best time to experience the rainbows is midday when the sun is the highest. You can walk another 3 miles past Devils Postpile to the Rainbow Falls trailhead. From there it is another 1.25 mile moderate hike from the Rainbow Falls trailhead to view the falls.
Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station: Reds Meadow Resort has cabins, motel rooms, a general store and the Mule House Café. Resort services include backcountry supply package delivery, showers, summer entertainment, BBQ's and wagon rides. Reds Meadow Pack Station offers guided hour long, half day, full-day horseback rides. Custom multi-day, week-long and full-service pack trips are also available. Advance reservations required. Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station is located 1 mile past the Rainbow Falls trailhead. For more information call The Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station 760-934-2345.
Mountain - Half Day
Minaret Vista: Approximately 2 miles up from Mammoth Mountain is the Minaret Vista with breathtaking views of the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. The juttin spires of the Minarets with Mount Ritter (13,157 ft) and Banner Peak (12,945 ft), the two tallest peaks in the range. The Minaret Vista is a popular spot for stargazing and during the summer months there are "Star Parties". Restrooms and picnic areas are available.
Earthquake Fault: This sizeable fissure is not an earthquake fault caused by a single quake, but was formed during a series of strong quakes. A more appropriate name for this fracture would be "Earthquake Fissure". The fissure is up to 10 feet wide and 60 feet deep and cuts through volcanic rock, part of a glassy rhyolite lava flow from Mammoth Mountain , and formed by tectonic stresses in the earth's crust. The age of the fissure is unknown, but some of the trees growing in the fissure are 150 years old, indicating that the crack is at least that old. A short walking trail surrounds this natural phenomenon. Majestic red fir and Jeffrey pine trees make this a nice spot for a picnic. Restrooms are available. Closed in winter. Located off of Minaret Road from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area approximately 3 miles and 2 miles from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
Southern Mono County - Half Day
Hot Creek Geologic Site: Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonder of bubbling hot springs, geysers and fumaroles (gas vents) creating colorful sulfur deposits and formations. The chamber of hot magma lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area. The brilliant pools are scalding hot and water temperatures can change rapidly, so entering and swimming in the water is prohibited. Restrooms are available.Located about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S. 395. Take Airport Road (east) past the airport turnoff. You will pass the Fish Hatchery and continue on a partially paved road about 3 miles to the parking area for Hot Creek. ˝ mile easy hike down to Hot Creek.
Hot Creek Fish Hatchery: The warm springs of Hot Creek provide ideal temperatures for incubation of trout eggs. The Fish Hatchery is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for self guided tours. Available for interpretive tours by prior appointment. For more information call the Dept. of Fish and Game at 760-934-2664. Located about 6 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U. S. 395. Take Airport Road (east) past the airport turnoff. Look for the signs.
Convict Lake:Convict Lake is named after the result of an AMBUSH encounter on September 17, 1871, where a group of inmates escaped from prison in Carson City and Sheriff George Hightower eventually caught up with the convicts and a shoot out took place. Robert Morrison a Benton Merchant, Mono Jim and other posse members encountered the convicts on the present Convict Creek. In the encounter Morrison and Mono Jim were killed and the convicts escaped to be captured later in Round Valley. The towering peak above the lake was re-named Mt. Morrison and the smaller one below it Mono Jim. Convict Lakes is popular with camping and fishing. Take a two-mile hike around the lake with views of the rugged mountain scenery with sheer cliffs and the oldest rocks in the Sierra Nevada Range. The Restaurant at Convict Lake is widely recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the Eastern Sierra offering sumptuous continental cuisine, an award winning wine list and a martini bar. Located 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S. 395 turn west on Convict Lake Road.
Crowley Lake: Crowley Lake offers some of the most exciting trout fishing in California. Crowley Lake is a man made lake, 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. Crowley Lake is a large man made reservoir that supplies water and power to the City of Los Angeles. Although famous for trout fishing, Crowley Lake offers various other water sports, such as kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, kite surfing, and stand up paddle boarding. Crowley Lake Fish Camp, the only concession on the lake, is operated in cooperation with LADWP. All visitors, boats, campers, must access the lake through Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Crowley Lake Fish Camp offers a full service marina with 200-plus private slips, a fleet of 84 rental boats, rental cabins, full hook-up RV Sites, dry camping sites, a tackle shop and convenience store. Located 13 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S 395. turn east on Crowley Lake Drive.
OTHER STUFF TO DO IN THE SUMMER
Mammoth is famous the world over for its skiing. And justly so. But when the snow melts and wildflowers spring up across wide-open alpinemeadows, summer in Mammoth Lakes remains one of California's best-kept secrets.
As the adage goes: you come for the winters and end up staying—or coming backagain and again—for the summers.
With its "fine shining weather " (asJohn Muir put it), its awe-inspiring scenery, its vast network of uncrowdedhiking and biking trails, its lakes and streams and world-class trout fishing,its golf courses, old-growth forests, and unparalleled access to the wilds ofthe High Sierra, we think Mammoth is the greatest summer recreation destinationin North America.
But don’t take our word for it. Get up here and get out intoit!
Click on the links below to explore some of what's possiblein Mammoth Lakes:
Hiking, biking, birding, paddling, rock climbing, fishing,visiting a ghost town, camping out, backpacking, golfing, getting out with thefamily, getting out with the dog, horseback riding, Jeeping,OHV riding, seeing waterfalls and crazy geological formations, trail running,playing tennis, skateboarding, swimming, shooting nature photos, seeing bears, visitingYosemite, geocaching, shopping, eating, sampling microbrews, listening to livemusic, getting a massage.
WHAT ARE YA GONNA DUE IN THE DEAD OF WINTER!!!
Mammoth Lakes is known for winter adventures that get your adrenaline flowing! Home to Mammoth Mountain, one of the largest skiing and snowboarding areas in North America. You’ll find more than 3,500 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, as well as one of the longest skiing seasons anywhere. The average length of the season is from November to June, but don’t worry, Mammoth Lakes enjoys more than 400 days of sunshine. Most days you’ll be skiing and riding in true California fashion: in the sun!Not into skiing or Snowboarding? Join Woolly and friends at our one-of-a-kind tubing and family snowpark. We also offer miles of cross country skiing trails and professional guided or self guided snowmobile tours amid the stunning scenery of the Sierra Mountains. Click here for more winter activities.
Skiing and Snowboarding
There's a saying in Mammoth: "No other mountain lives up to it's name."The massive Mammoth Mountain offers 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, has a 3,100 foot vertical rise, and enjoys 400 inches of average snowfall each year. Mammoth Mountain is truly mammoth.
Everyone from first-time beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders will find something at Mammoth, from the big cornice on top of Dave's Run, to the gentle, forgiving runs off of the Discovery Chair, and everything in between, you find a ski trail that perfect for you.
Cross Country Skiing
Mammoth Lakes is home to some of the most stunningly scenic cross country ski trails in the entire West. Stop by Tamarack Cross Country Center, where you'll find 19 miles of machine groomed trails that meander through pine forests and to spectacular vistas of craggy snow-capped peaks.
You'll also find free, machine-groomed trails close to town. Ski right out of the Welcome Center on approximately 9 miles of trails.
Cross country skiing is both easy and accessible. It's not complicated and not a lot of gear is required, making it a great activity for families.
Lessons and rentals are available at the Tamarack Cross Country ski center.
Explore the Inyo National Forest on a snowmobile! Explore over 100 miles of trails just east of town. Ride to Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters or Bald Mountain where you'll find gorgeous scenery and geological wonders. You're free to explore on your own, in a group, or with a friendly experienced guide.
Tubing and Snowplay
There is nothing more fun than playing in the snow, and kids of all ageswill enjoy Woolly's tube park! Lifts whisk you and your tube to the top, and you ride down one of six groomed lanes. Be sure to check out the expanded snowplay area, featuring a carousel and plenty of space to climb small mountains of snow or build a Snowman!
WHERE TO SPEND MONEY
Mammoth Lakes is a shopper's delight.
Mammoth Lakes has shops and
boutiques offering fine apparel, arts, and handicrafts, gifts, T-shirts,
Mammoth Lakes Souvenirs, sweet shoppes, and everything you need for fun
in the great outdoors. In addition, you'll find name brand factory
outlet shops and fine art galleries.
Liquor, wine, beer and tobacco as well
as snacks, sodas and ice cream.
Backcountry clothing and footwear. Patagonia, Arcteryx, The North
Face, Icebreaker and more for all ages. Some running gear.
Another T-Shirt Shop has been in Mammoth since 1985.T-Shirts,
Sweatshirts, Souvenirs, Caps, Fleece-wear & Shorts. Now You Can
Order Mammoth Souvenir T-Shirts and Sweatshirts over the Phone or Fax.