MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN

Mammoth Lakes


Mammoth Mountain is located in the eastern Sierras, 5-hours north of Los Angeles. Mammoth Ski Resort is renowned as a top Alpine skiing destination. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Mammoth Mountain offers several snowmobile excursions and cross-country skiing trails. Many visitors only visit Mammoth in the winter and don't realize the volume of activities and attractions available in the summer. Mammoth Mountain is an active volcano and with that comes wonderful geologic formations and natural wonders. Hot springs are abundant along Highway 395 all around the region. Camping, hiking and fishing are popular summer activities throughout the region. Many small lakes are within a short distance of the town of Mammoth Lakes and are plentiful with stocked trout. Mammoth Lakes is not the small mountain community it once was and currently sustains a population near 8,000 with plans of future development to make it a world-class Alpine skiing destination that will rival any other major ski resort. 

There are many cool towns surrounding Mammoth Lakes that we hope you take time to discover. Check out our Small Towns page for more on the towns of Bishop, June Lake and Bridgeport

MAMMOTH SKI REPORT

Attractions

Devils Postpile photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Devils Postpile National Monument is one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. A wall of black, hexagonal columns rise 60-feet high from the hiking trail. The half-mile hiking trail follows lush meadows and a Sierra Nevada river teaming with trout. Fly fisherman hone their skills throughout the area. A few miles farther on the same trail will place you at the massive Rainbow Falls. The Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls area is only accessible by shuttle from the Main Lodge ski chalet at the base of Mammoth Mountain and is closed during winter. MORE DETAILS


Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is an enormous 100-foot waterfall accessed by a 2-mile hike from Devils Postpile. Rainbows are commonly seen during midday through the mist that Rainbow Falls creates. Of course, the size of the falls depends on annual snow levels but we've never been disappointed. The Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls area is only accessible by shuttle from the Main Lodge ski chalet at the base of Mammoth Mountain and is closed during winter. MORE DETAILS


Hot Creek Hot Springs

Hot Creek Hot Springs are located only 3-miles south on Interstate 395 from the Highway 203/Mammoth turnoff. From Interstate 395, turn north at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Road and follow the signs. The last 1.5-miles is unpaved but well maintained. Parking is available near public restrooms and picnic areas. Mammoth Lakes hot springs are geothermal vents that form small, super-heated mineral pools and emit steam on cold days. Under stream vents heat Hot Creek to hot tub temperatures and creek-side vents emit scalding hot gas. Although visitors can often be found swimming in the creek, it is highly discouraged due to the instability of the vents. Many people have been burned in Hot Creek over the years. During the winter, the last 1.5-miles of road makes for a short, picturesque cross-country ski trail. Steam from Mammoth Lakes hot springs can be easily spotted during the winter months. MORE DETAILS

TIP: Keough's Hot Springs is a swimming retreat just south of Bishop that captures the hot mineral-rich water in large swimming pools. Visitors are invited to swim in the waters.
Whitmore Pools are public pools located 20-minutes southeast of Mammoth resort on Interstate 395 that also capture natural hot springs. 


Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is located only 3-miles south on Interstate 395 from the Highway 203/Mammoth turnoff. From Interstate 395, turn north at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Road and follow the signs. Long, narrow pools are teaming with trout that are raised by the Department of Fish & Game for stocking local lakes. The naturally warm waters of Hot Creek provide an ideal spawning environment. Trout from this Mammoth fish hatchery are stocked in streams and lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada. Sizes range from a half-pound to five-pounds-plus. Pools are open for easy viewing and visitors are welcomed at no charge. MORE DETAILS


Obsidian Dome & Inyo Craters are located off Highway 203 or Interstate 395 just north of Mammoth Lakes along Mammoth Scenic Loop. Both are remnants of Mammoth's volcanic history. Obsidian Dome is a huge mountainous dome of obsidian glass. Obsidian remnants range from small pieces you can hold in your hand to boulder-size chunks. Inyo Craters are two very large craters in the middle of the wilderness located just a short hike from Highway 203. We've found an abundant supply of pumice stones surrounding these craters. MORE DETAILS


Things To Do

Mammoth Ski Resort
  • Mammoth Ski Resort is located off Highway 203. Mammoth Mountain is a large-scale Alpine ski resort with 150 runs accessed by 28 lifts. The Mammoth resort community offers many options for accommodations, shopping, dining and entertainment. In addition to Alpine skiing, other winter activities include snowmobiling, and dog sledding. MORE DETAILS

  • June Mountain Ski Area is located off Interstate 395 along Highway 158 in the central Sierras. June Mountain is a moderate-size Alpine ski resort with 35 runs accessed by 6 lifts. Just another 30 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, June is a less crowded alternative to Alpine skiing in Mammoth. MORE DETAILS


June Mountain
  • Tamarack Lodge offers one of the best cross-country ski trails in the region. Slip your skis into groomed tracks and follow the road that encompases Lake Mary and loops past several other lakes. Ski rental, ski lessons, food and lodging are all available at Tamarack Lodge.  MORE DETAILS

  • Rockcreek Lodge is located south of Mammoth Lakes near Tom's Place. It is only accessible by snowmobile and offers a more serene experience away from the crowds of Mammoth Mountain. Rustic cabins are encompassed by groomed trails and untamed wilderness. All meals are provided as well as ski rental ranging from snowshoes to telemark skis.
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  • Mammoth Lakes Region offers multiple choices for cross-country skiing on many of the roads branching off Interstate 395. Popular cross-country ski turnoffs include Deadman Peak and Mammoth Scenic Loop Roads to the north and Rock Creek Fish Hatchery Road to the south. 


  • Mammoth Bike Park makes use of the ski resort slopes during the summer months. The Gondola whisks downhill mountain bikers to the top of Mammoth Mountain for one-way rides down the mountain. Choose to descend on gradual, moderate or kamikaze trails. A shuttle is available for transport from town to the Gondola at the Main Lodge.
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  • Mammoth Lakes Region offers many options for mountain biking on the roads branching off Interstate 395. Popular mountain biking trails include Deadman Peak and Mammoth Scenic Loop Roads, both located just north of town. Or, choose from a plethora of dirt roads that weave and intersect throughout the entire region.
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Hot Creek with Mammoth in the background
  • Mammoth Lakes is made up of several small lakes including the more accessible Twin Lakes, Lake Mamie, Lake Mary, Lake George, and Horseshoe Lake. These lakes are stocked regularly during the warmer months and many lodging, restaurant and camping options are available. Lake Mary is the larger of these lakes and is sometimes stocked with the monster 'Alpers' trout. Boat & canoe rentals are available at Twin Lakes and Lake Mary. Other hiking-in lakes are abundant around Mammoth Lakes where you may be the only one fishing.
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  • Owens River flows down from the Sierras, into Lake Crowley and beyond. This river can be easily accessed by heading east on either Owens River Raod to the north of Mammoth Lakes or Benton Crossing Road to the south. This section of the river is slow and meanders through open meadows with few to no trees. This is a great place for fly fishing where stocked trout intermingle with wild rainbows, browns and brooks. The Owens River is known for producing trophy-size trout every now and then.
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  • Local Creeks include Mammoth Creek southeast of town that produces mostly pan-size trout and is stocked regularly. Hot Creek from Interstate 395 to the Owens River is wild trout habitat and regularly produces large trout. Catch and release with barbless flies only. 

  • Mammoth Lakes Region June Lake Loop is located 30-minutes north of Mammoth Lakes along Interstate 395. The loop passes 4 large lakes, all great for fishing and all offering boat rentals. Convict Lake is located 10-minutes south of Mammoth Lakes and is tucked into a crevice in the Sierras. This large lake is deep and monsters can be caught in the summer using downriggers from a boat. Boat rentals are available. Convict Creek flows through a campground then down to Lake Crowley and produces pan-size to monster trout. Lake Crowley is located 15-minutes south of Mammoth Lakes and is stocked heavily. Artificial lures with barbless hooks only with an 18-inch minimum on keepers. A boat is necessary which they have plenty of at the marina. 


  • Sierra Star Golf Course is located off Minaret Road at the base of Mammoth Mountain. Sierra Star is a public eighteen-hole, par 70 golf course. Course features putting and chipping greens, a pro shop and a back nine on-course eatery. This is a seasonal golf course usually opening in May and running through October, weather permitting.
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  • Snowcreek Golf Course is located off Old Mammoth Road in the southern end of town. Snowcreek is a public nine-hole, par 35 golf course. Streams, water hazards, bent and well bunkered greens make Snowcreek a challenging course. This is a seasonal golf course usually opening in May and running through October, weather permitting.
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Off Roading trails are abundant to the north and northeast of Mammoth Mountain along the many dirt roads that intermingle throughout the forest. The most popular areas include Owens River Road to Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Road northeast of Mammoth Lakes, and Deadman Peak Road and Inyo Craters Loop to the north. For the best panoramic views, try the San Joaquin Ridge and the Mountain View Trails that start from Mineret Summit Road. To the southwest of Mammoth Lakes is a challenging dirt road to Laurel Lakes.
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  • Volcom Brothers Skatepark is located of Meridian Boulevard just a short distance from Highway 203. Volcom Brothers Skatepark is for the experienced boarder and features a giant cradle, wall, bowl, love seat wall, lumps, humps, transfers and trannies.
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  • Shady Rest Skatepark is located north of Highway 203 on Sawmill Cutoff. This skate park is for all skill levels and features a pyramid, quarter pipe, rails and curbs.
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  • Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit is located off Lake Mary Road between Lake Mary and Twin Lakes. They offer horseback riding by the hour, day or whatever you're in for. Pack trips to the backcountry often include hikers and riders.
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  • Red's Meadow Pack Train is located off Minaret Summit Road at the far western end of Mammoth Mountain. This pack station is a part of the Red's Meadow Resort and offers everything from day rides to multi-day horse drives through the Sierra Nevada. Day rides include Devils Postpile National Monument and the Rainbow Falls trails. Longer trips follow the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails. Minaret Summit Road is closed to vehicles other than the Reds Meadow Shuttle departing from the Main Lodge, those with overnight reservations at Red's Meadow Resort and the physically disabled.
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  • McGee Creek Pack Station is located at the McGee Creek Road turnoff from Interstate 395 south of Mammoth Lakes across from Lake Crowley. They offer horseback riding by the hour, day or whatever you're in for. They have several options for secluded lake trips.
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  • Rock Creek Pack Station is located at the Rock Creek Road turnoff from Interstate 395 south of Mammoth Lakes and Lake Crowley. They offer horseback riding by the hour, day or whatever you're in for. Multi-day horse drives through the Sierra Nevadas is another option. They have several options for secluded lake trips.
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  • Frontier Pack Train is located on the June Lake Loop off Interstate 395, approximately 30-minutes north of Mammoth Lakes. The pack station is situated off June Lake Loop (Highway 158) between the Double Eagle Resort and Silver Lake. They offer horseback riding by the hour, day or whatever you're in for. Pack trips include back-country Yosemite, horse drives, golden trout trips and hiking with a pack train.
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  • Convict Lake Resort is located on Convict Lake Road off Interstate 395, approximately 10-minutes south of Mammoth Lakes. The pack station offers short rides throughout Convict Canyon. Views of Convict Lake are spectacular.
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Snowmobiler north of Mammoth

Snowmobile trails are located throughout the Mammoth Lakes region. Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures start from the Main Lodge at the top of Minaret Summit Road and venture groomed trails to Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters and more. Or cruise open meadows and trails through the forest with DJ's Snowmobiles just north of Mammoth Lakes off Interstate 395. 


The forests and open meadows throughout the Mammoth Lakes region are perfect for dog sledding. Sit in the comfort of your sled basket as your musher guides a team of dogs along snow covered trails. There are two dog sled services to choose from in Mammoth Lakes; Mammoth Dog Teams at (760) 914-1019 and Mammoth Dog Sled Adventures at (760) 934-6270. 


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Entertainment

Sierra Classic Theatre is located off Meridian Blvd from Highway 203. Hosted at Edison Theatre, Sierra Classic Theatre presents Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-winning plays plus 'Shakespeare in the Woods' and Murder Mystery dinner events. Local artists and volunteers share their talents with the community.
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  • Lakanuki Tiki Bar is located in Mammoth Village. Lakanuki celebrates the islands in the mountains with DJ music, dancing, karaoke and Mai Tais.
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  • Grizzly Bar is located on the third floor of the Canyon Lodge. Grizzly Bar hosts rock and raggae performers.
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  • Canyon Beach Bar is located on the sun deck at the Canyon Lodge. Canyon Beach Bar hosts rock and reggae performers.
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  • Talons Bar is located at the Eagle Lodge. Talons features light music while enjoying a burger and fries.
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  • Lakanuki Tiki Bar is located in Mammoth Village. Lakanuki celebrates the Pacific islands in the mountains with DJ music, dancing, karaoke and Mai Tais.
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  • Grizzly Bar is situated on the third floor of the Canyon Lodge. Grizzly Bar hosts rock and reggae performers.
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  • Canyon Beach Bar is situated on the sun deck at the Canyon Lodge. Canyon Beach Bar hosts rock and reggae performers.
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  • Talons Bar is located at the Eagle Lodge. Talons features light music while enjoying a burger and fries.
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  • Yodler Bar is situated next to the Main Lodge. Yodler features an outdoor sun deck where you can enjoy live music and Bavarian food like giant pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzel. Enjoy supreme European beers in their Bier Garten.
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  • Tusks Bar is located on the third floor of the Main Lodge. Tusks features live rock and alternative bands. Enjoy an expansive view of the slopes by their cozy fireplace.
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  • The Mill Café is situated at the bottom of Stumpy Alley Express and Gold Rush Express chairlifts. The Mill specializes in BBQ favorites and features indoor and outdoor seating with fireplaces and a full bar.
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  • Campo is located in Mammoth Village. Campo features an upscale Aprés ski experience with signature cocktails, fine wines and rustic Italian cuisine.
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  • Clocktower Cellar Bar is located in the Alpenhof Lodge across from Mammoth Village. Enjoy juke box tunes at this traditional whiskey and beer bar.
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Camping

Lake Mary Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 on Lake Mary Road. This high-elevation campground has easy access to fishing and a boat launch on Lake Mary. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 46 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, laundry and showers are nearby. First-come, first-served.
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Pine City Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 on Lake Mary Road. Situated between Lake Mary and Lake Mamie, this high-elevation campground has easy access to fishing, boating. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 10 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, laundry and showers are nearby. First-come, first-served.
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Lake George Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 on Lake Mary Road. This high-elevation campground has easy access to fishing and a boat launch. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 16 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, laundry and showers are nearby. First-come, first-served.
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Twin Lakes Campground

Twin Lakes Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 off Lake Mary Road. Campground is situated along the shores of Twin Lakes. This high-elevation campground has easy access to fishing and a boat launch in Twin Lakes. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 92 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear locker and flush toilets. Groceries, dump station, boat rentals, laundry and showers are available at the adjacent Tamarack Lodge. Reservations recommended.
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Coldwater Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 on Lake Mary Road. Campground is situated between two fishing creeks near Lake Mary. This high-elevation campground has easy access to fishing and a boat rentals. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 77 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries on-site. Reservations recommended.
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Camp High Sierra is located to the south of Highway 203 on Lake Mary Road. This high-elevation campground is situated next to the Eagle Express chairlift offering easy access to skiing, lift tickets, mountain biking, restaurants, bars and more. The campground offers rustic cabins and campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a fire pit, barbecue, picnic table, bear box and hot showers. A central rec room offers board games, ping pong, caroms and a rock fire place. Electric & water hookups and RV dump station available. Reservations recommended.
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New Shady Rest Campground is located to the north of Highway 203 on Old Sawmill Cutoff. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 92 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, showers, Visitor Center, laundry and more are nearby. RV dump station. Reservations recommended.
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Old Shady Rest Campground is located to the north of Highway 203 on Old Sawmill Cutoff. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more. The campground has 46 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, showers, Visitor Center, laundry and more are nearby. Reservations recommended.
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Sherwin Creek Campground is located to the south of Highway 203 on Sherwin Creek Road. Campground is next to Sherwin Creek. Activities include fishing, hiking, dirt biking and more. The campground has 85 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. Groceries, restaurants and more nearby. Reservations recommended.
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Pumice Flat Campground is located to the west of Highway 203 on Minaret Road. Activities include fishing, horseback riding, hiking and backpacking. The campground has 16 campsites for tent only. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. This campground resides in the backcountry of Mammoth Lakes. Accessible by private vehicle only if camping. Otherwise, a mandatory shuttle must be taken from the Main Lodge to Pumice Flat Campground.
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Reds Meadow Campground is located to the west of Highway 203 on Minaret Road. Activities include fishing, horseback riding, hiking and backpacking. The campground has 56 campsites for tent and very small RV. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. This campground resides in the backcountry of Mammoth Lakes. Accessible by private vehicle only if camping. Otherwise, a mandatory shuttle must be taken from the Main Lodge to Reds Meadow Campground.
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Convict Lake Campsite #23

Convict Lake Campground is located off Interstate 395 south of Mammoth Lakes, on Convict Lake Road. Campground is situated along Convict Creek next to Convict Lake. Activities include fishing, boating, hiking and horseback riding. The campground has 88 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, bear lockers and flush toilets. The adjacent Convict Lake Resort offers groceries, showers, a superb restaurant & bar, boat rentals, horseback riding stables and more. Reservations recommended.
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A plethora of campgrounds exist throughout the area including around the perimeter of town, all around Mammoth's lakes and throughout the backcountry. MORE DETAILS


Mammoth Mountain RV Park is located to the south of Highway 203 just before entering town. They offer over 150 full and partial-hookup RV campsites, cabins and tent campsites available year-round. RV campsites include paved and wooded sites. Amenities include restrooms, hot showers, laundry rooms, picnic tables, indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, rec room, play ground and RV dump station. A general store sells propane, ice, firewood and RV supplies.
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HOT CREEK

Hiking

  • Mammoth Rock Trail is near the end of Old Mammoth Road. Easy 2.5-miles that passes under a huge overhanging granite rock. 

  • Sherwin Lakes & Valentine Lake is accessible off Sherwin Creek Road in the southeast portion of Mammoth Lakes. Moderate 2-miles to Sherwin Lakes or continue on an additional 3-miles to Valentine Lake. These small high-altitude lakes are a bit less crowded than the Mammoth Lakes region. 

  • Inyo Craters is located off the Mammoth Scenic Loop to the north of town. The choice is yours to hike several miles of linking trails from town, or drive the Scenic Loop to the Inyo Craters trailhead and hike the easy 0.25 miles to the craters. Huge volcanic craters in the middle of the forest are a rewarding destination. 


  • Panorama Dome is located off Lake Mary Road just past Twin Lakes. Easy 0.5-mile trail ascends from the trees to a plateau offering panoramic views of the region. 

  • T.J. Lake is located off Lake Mary Loop and the trailhead starts at the back of the left-side parking lot for Lake George. Easy 0.5-mile hike through the trees to upper meadows and lake. 

  • Crystal Lake & Mammoth Crest is located off Lake Mary Loop and the trailhead starts on the right side of Lake George. This moderate 1.5-mile hike through the trees to Crystal Lake is popular. Or, veer to the right about 1-mile in to head for Mammoth Crest another 2-miles ahead. Mammoth Crest offers expansive views of the Minarets and much more of the Mammoth region. 

  • McLeod Lake is located at the end of Lake Mary Road at Horseshoe Lake. This easy 0.5-mile trail goes to beautiful McLeod Lake. Veer to the right for a moderate 3.5-mile hike to Reds Meadow and Sierra backcountry. 

  • Duck Lake is located at the left side of the Lake Mary Loop. This moderate 5-mile hike ends at a huge high-country lake. Many other lakes and natural wonders are along the trail including Emerald Lake, Shelton Lake, Sky Meadows and Blue Crag. You could easy turn around after only 2-miles and have seen the equivalent of many other area trails. 


  • Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls is located at the end of Minaret Summit Road on the backside of Mammoth Mountain. Access is by shuttle from the Main Lodge unless you have backcountry accommodations prearranged. From the shuttle drop off point, Devils Postpile is a easy 0.5-mile hike. Continue on the same trail an additional 1.5-miles to Rainbow Falls

  • Sotcher Lake is located at the end of Minaret Summit Road on the backside of Mammoth Mountain. Access is by shuttle from Main Lodge unless you have backcountry accommodations prearranged, or a 6-mile hike from Horseshoe Lake. This small lake is next to Reds Meadow, which offers camping and is a popular hiking and wildflower viewing area. 

  • Reds Meadow photo courtesy of the National Park Service Pacific Crest Trail extends from Canada to Mexico and follows the highest peaks all the way. This trail runs directly through Mammoth backcountry and intermingles with the John Muir Trail. Although the casual day hiker uses the trail to access small lakes and waterfalls, it is not uncommon to run across backpackers that have been on the trail for weeks and even months. Since the Pacific Crest Trail follows the ridge line, much of the trail is a strenuous hike. 

    TIP: If you're planning on an extended hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, Red's Meadow Resort offers pre-arranged restocking of supplies. Be sure to obtain a Wilderness Permit from the Forest Service before you begin overnight backpacking treks. 


Lakes

Lake Mary is the largest of the 5 Mammoth Lakes and offers fishing and boating opportunities. The Pokonobe Resort provides a general store and multiple types of boat rentals. Rentals include pontoon boats, aluminum fishing boats powered by electric motor, row boats, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Trophy-size Alpers trout weighing 10 pounds plus are stocked during the summer. Lake Mary is the starting point for several hiking trails to backcountry lakes, meadows and more. The Lake Mary Campground has nearly 50 sites and showers are available at the marina.
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Twin Lakes, Mammoth

Twin Lakes are two small lakes connected by a spillway. Fishing boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented from the general store. The lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Fishing is good at the spillway separating the lakes or from a boat. The Twin Lakes Campground has nearly 100 sites with showers available at the general store.
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Lake George is the second largest Mammoth lake next to Lake Mary. It's regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Lake George is the starting point for popular Hiking trails to several high-country lakes. The Coldwater and Lake George campgrounds have nearly 100 sites combined.
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Lake Mamie is the smallest of the 5 Mammoth lakes and is regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout.
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Horseshoe Lake is the only lake in Mammoth where swimming is allowed. Sandy beaches are located around the lake for comfortable sun bathing and swimming. This lake is not stocked so your chances of catching a fish are slim. Occasionally the lake is closed due to high CO2 levels in the surrounding area - Mammoth Mountain is a live volcano and tends to remind us of that once in a while.
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A multitude of lakes can be found throughout the Mammoth Lakes region including Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, June Lake and Mono Lake. MORE DETAILS


Nearby Attractions

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie State Historic Park is located approximately 2½-hours north of Mammoth Lakes off Highway 395 between Lee Vining and Bridgeport. What a cool place this is, and definitely California's best ghost town. Tucked in the Sierra Nevada foothills, this town of 20 grew to a thriving city when gold was discovered in 1877. Within a few short years the gold ran out and the town was completely abandoned. The goldmine employed thousands and stories of rampant gun fights followed. Buildings from the original town and mine still exist in a state of decay. Original furniture and stocked shelves were left as they were found. A cemetery can be found on a hill outside of town and tells a tale of the harsh winters miners experienced. If you are anywhere near Bodie, this is a must see. It's about a 12-mile drive from the 395 on Highway 270 to Bodie. The last 3 miles of which are dirt and gravel. Although the park is open year round, winter and early spring are not recommended due to snow and mud hazards. MORE DETAILS


Mono Lake Tufas

Mono Lake is located approximately 45-minutes north of Mammoth Lakes. This large but shallow lake is one of the oldest lakes in North America. Mono tufas are mineral deposits that protrude above the lake's surface. The water is 2.5 times saltier than the ocean, which results in additional buoyancy when swimming. You don't want to get it in your eyes or cuts. A specific species of fly sometimes cover the shoreline of the lake but stay near the surface and are not really a nuisance. Activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and cross-country skiing. Contact Caldera Kayaks to prearrange a kayak or bring your own. MORE DETAILS


June Lake Loop is located approximately 30-minutes north of Mammoth Lakes off Highways 395 and 158. June has a large ski resort and is a great alternative to the massive Mammoth Resort. Don't blink as you go through the town of June Lake or you might miss it. June offers quaint country cabins, luxury condos and resorts. Four large lakes line the June Lake Loop and are all great for fishing and swimming. Boat rentals are available at all four lakes. Several hiking options lead to high country lakes and meadows. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding and skiing & boarding are the common activities. Half of the June Lake Loop is closed in winter.
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Convict Lake

Convict Lake is located southeast of Mammoth Lakes off Interstate 395. This is a moderate-size lake but very deep. Huge granite walls protrude thousands of feet above the lake making for spectacular scenery. It is an undeveloped area but offers many activities. Fishing is fantastic on this lake. Boat rentals are available at a small marina and include fishing boat, pontoon boat, canoe and kayak. Resort cabins or campsites are available for overnight stay. The resort features a popular restaurant & bar. Camping is along the picturesque Convict Creek which offers meadow creek fishing for trophy trout. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are other popular activities. 

Blog Check out our Convict Lake blog for more details. 


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Hotels

Tamarack Lodge, Mammoth

Tamarack Lodge is located off Lake Mary Road at Twin Lakes. This historic lodge provides rooms within the lodge or detached cabins. Several rooms in the main lodge must share bathrooms. Be sure to verify the type of room you have reserved. Also, none of the rooms have televisions. Tamarack Lodge is mountain lodging the way it should be. In the winter, Tamarack Lodge is the starting point for a groomed cross-country ski park and offers rental equipment. In the summer, they rent boats and canoes for the adjacent Twin Lakes that are teaming with trout. The Lakefront Restaurant is an award-winning French-American restaurant situated lakeside within the lodge.
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Westin Monache Resort is located off Lake Mary Road behind Mammoth Village. This luxury Mammoth resort is within walking distance to the Mammoth Village Gondola, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Resort amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, free local shuttle, valet parking, ski & snowboard rentals, fitness center, restaurant, bar & lounge and more. Hotel rooms include a kitchenette, sofa, fireplace and flat-screen TV. Its location offers easy access to lift tickets, skiing, ski rentals, shops, restaurants, bars and more.
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Snow Creek Mammoth Resort is a condominium complex located off Old Mammoth Road in the southern portion of Mammoth Lakes. This luxury condo resort is situated on Snowcreek Golf Course with trout-plentiful Mammoth Creek passing through. Condos from 1 to 4 bedrooms are available that can include a full kitchen, private bath, separate bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, fireplace, garage, private balcony and more. Resort amenities include a restaurant, golf course and athletic club. Snowcreek Athletic Club offers tennis courts, a racquetball court, full gym, volleyball court, basketball court, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, steam rooms, hot tubs, machine weights, free weights, exercise classes, personal trainers and more. Snow Creek Mammoth Resort has pet-friendly accommodations.
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Mammoth Creek Inn is located off Old Mammoth Road in the southern portion of Mammoth Lakes. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, continental breakfast, billiard room, ski & board storage, WiFi and day spa with hot tub, sauna, steam room and more. Twenty-five hotel rooms and suites include a flat-screen TV, cable TV, WiFi, docking station, coffee maker and more. This is a pet-friendly hotel.
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Mammoth Mountain Inn is located at the Main Lodge off Minaret Road. Hotel amenities include restaurants & bars, a swimming pool, hot tub, game room, fitness center, underground parking, ski valet, day care and laundry room. Hotel rooms and condos include a flat-screen TV, satellite TV, docking station, high-speed internet, coffee maker and more. Condos feature full kitchens, living spaces and up to 2 bedrooms and a loft. Popular restaurants & bars within the Mammoth Mountain Inn include the Mountainside Grill, The Yodler and Dry Creek Bar. Mammoth Mountain Inn offers ski-in, ski-out access to Mammoth Resort with convenient access to lift tickets, ski rental, shops, restaurants, lockers and more.
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1849 Condos are located off Lake Mary Road at the base of the Canyon Express ski lift. 1849 Condos offer 2 to 4-bedroom condos with private baths, full kitchens, living spaces, balconies and more. Amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, 3 hot tubs, sauna, WiFi, private sledding hill, underground parking, laundry room, ski & board valet and rec room with a lounge, flat-screen TV, ping-pong table, foosball and BBQ pit. Situated at the top of the Mammoth Village Gondola, 1849 Condos offer easy access to lift tickets, skiing, ski rentals, shops, restaurants, bars and more.
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Juniper Springs Resort is located off Meridian Boulevard at the base of the Eagle Express ski lift. This full-service Mammoth Resort lodging is conveniently situated at the bottom the the Eagle Express ski lift. Resort amenities include a concierge, game room, business center, fitness center, coffee shop, laundry room and ski-in, ski-out access. Nearly 300 condominium suites and town home units can include a private balcony, high-speed internet, WiFi, fireplace, flat-screen TV, DVD player, docking station, coffee maker and full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and kitchenware. Juniper Springs Resort offers easy access to lift tickets, skiing, ski rental, shops, restaurants, bars and more.
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Alpenhof Lodge, Mammoth

Alpenhof Lodge is located just north of Main Street off Minaret Road. This Bavarian-style mountain lodging is situated directly across the road from the Mammoth Village Gondola, restaurants, shops, bars, nightlife and aprés skiing at Mammoth Village. Alpenhof Lodge amenities include a restaurant, wine bar, beer & whiskey bar and continental breakfast. Guest room and suite amenities can include a flat-screen TV, DVD player, WiFi, docking station, ski/snowboard racks, refrigerator, fireplace, wet bar and more. It's location within walking distance of the Mammoth Village Gondola offers easy access to lift tickets, skiing, ski rental, shops, restaurants, bars and more.
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Mammoth Lodges are located at the base of Mammoth Mountain. The Mammoth Resort manages several mountain lodging options that surround the ski and bike park. They range from affordable condos to detached cabins. Some are situated slope-side for convenient access to lift tickets while others are situated in Mammoth Village near shopping and entertainment. Some of these include the Main Lodge, Eagle Lodge, Mammoth Village Lodge and Canyon Lodge.
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Davison Street Guest House is located off Lake Mary Road near the base of the Canyon Express ski lift. This hostel features a community kitchen, living room with couches & fireplace, sun deck and dorm-style accommodations. If you're traveling on a low budget and would like to meet other travelers, this is a great way to explore Mammoth Lakes. Most rooms offer bunk beds and a shared bathroom but one room has 2 full beds and a private bathroom. Two shared bathrooms can accommodate several people at one time. Davidson Street Guest House is available for rent by the room or the entire 5 bedroom, 3 bath house.
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Red's Meadow Resort is located at the end of Minaret Summit road in the Sierra backcountry. Facilities include a motel, cabins, general store and café. The resort is situated near Reds Meadow, Rainbow Falls, Devils Postpile and many hiking trails. Several campgrounds are also within the immediate vicinity. Reds Meadow resort offers horseback riding and the general store is stocked with fishing supplies for trout fishing in the San Joaquin River. Mountain Cabins include a private bath, full kitchen, electricity, heater, outside BBQ and fresh linens. Hiker Cabins include bunk beds and share central restrooms and showers.
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Convict Lake Resort

Convict Lake Resort is located off Highway 395 only 15-minutes southeast of Mammoth Lakes. Mountain cabins with fireplaces and full kitchens are comfortably nestled between the mountains that surround the lake. The Convict Lake Resort Restaurant & Bar is a local favorite. Fishing for rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout on Convict Lake is world-class. Boat rentals and a bait shop are available. This is a great alternative to staying in the overcrowded town of Mammoth Lakes. Being only a few minutes from town, you can enjoy the activities of the Mammoth Lakes region and still end the day in a remote Sierra Nevada cabin at Convict Lake Resort.
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Rock Creek Lodge is located to the south of Mammoth Lakes approximately 30-minutes off Interstate 395 and Rock Creek Road. Lodge amenities include a full breakfast during the summer. They offer 20 rustic cabins with amenities like a private bath, full kitchen, full beds, bunk beds, central gas heat, fireplace and more. Enjoy 15 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter. Rock Creek Lodge is a pet-friendly accommodation.
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Restaurants

The Stove Restaurant is located at 644 Old Mammoth Road. American food includes omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, steaks, salads and pies. They're known for their large portions.
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The Mogul is located at 1528 Tavern Road off Old Mammoth Road. American food includes Sautéed Mushrooms, Alaskan King Crab Legs, St. Louis Pork Ribs, Porterhouse Steak, Cajun Chicken, Spaghetti Squash and Angel Hair Pasta.
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Austria Hof is located at 924 Canyon Boulevard. Alpine cuisine includes steak, chicken, wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst and apple struddle.
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Petra's Bistro & Wine Bar is located at Mammoth Village. Situated within Alpenhof Lodge, Petra's Bistro offers a seasonal fine-dining menu including Crab Cakes, Duck Confit, Poached Pear Salad, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Rib-Eye Steak. The popular Clocktower Cellar is a casual beer & whiskey bar offering pub grub, bar games and televised sports daily.
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Lakanuki is located at 6201 Minaret Road #200. South Pacific cuisine mixed with American favorites including sushi, teriyaki dishes, burgers, pizza and vegetarian specialties. They specialize in tropical mixed drinks like Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Hurricane, Rum Runner and more. This is a popular late-night aprés ski location situated at Mammoth Village.
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The Lakefront is located at the Tamarack Lodge off Twin Lakes Road. French-American food includes Wild Mushroom Strudel, French Onion Soup, Provenccal Vegetable Wellington, Elk Medallions au Poivre, and Escargot Bourguignonne. They feature a romantic setting with lake-front views.
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Schat's Bakery is located on Main Street. This well-known bakery offers specialty breads, pastries and desserts. Breakfast and lunch are served from the on-site deli.
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Convict Lake Resort Restaurant

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant is located 20 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes in Convict Canyon. French continental cuisine includes veal, beef wellington, rack of lamb and fresh seafood including Alpers trout. The bar serves excellent specialty pizzas.
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Airports

United and Alaska Airlines offer non-stop flights to the Mammoth Airport from 4 major airports in California including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
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Options to consider would be Ontario airport, which is a good 5-hours south of Mammoth, Fresno Yosemite airport, which is a 4.5-hours west through Yosemite or Reno airport in Nevada, which is 4-hours north. 


Traffic & Transportation

Interstate 395

Highway 395 heading to Mammoth Lakes from the south can be crowded in the winter months with skiers and snowboarders from the L.A. basin. Both Highway 14 and Interstate 395 are treacherous two-lane roads for a 50-mile stretch south of Inyokern. Snow chains or 4wd with snow tires are sometimes required from Bishop north. Roads are quickly plowed after snow storms. 


Highway 395 approaching Mammoth Lakes from the north is a less traveled portion of the Interstate. Snow chains or 4wd with snow tires are often required in the winter from the Nevada state line to the June Lake Loop. Roads are quickly plowed after snow storms. The high elevation region between state line and Mono Lake can be subject to temporary road closures due to heavy snow. 


Public Transportation is excellent in the Mammoth Lakes region. 

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus. There is no train service along Interstate 395. Public transportation can be difficult from any of the nearest major airports - rental car would be the best choice. 


Weather

Weather from Lee Vining to Bishop including Mammoth Mountain, June Lake and more.

Winter average lows in the 10's and highs in the 50's. Heavy snow is common causing road closures. 


Spring average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Rain showers are likely and occasional snow storms. 


Summer average lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. Occasional thunderstorms with immediate clearing. 


Fall lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Thunderstorms increasing to snow flurries. 


NOTE: See our TIPS page for mountain precautions. 

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Events

The Mammoth Mountain Resort hosts several events throughout the year. Check out the official Mammoth Lakes website for a calendar of events. Website


Mule Days is the region's largest annual event held every Memorial Day weekend as backcountry mule and horse packers celebrate the opening of the summer packing season. World's largest non-motorized parade, events include rodeo-style packing competitions, concerts, crafts fair and more. Website



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