Mammoth Lakes


What? : Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California. It is located immediately to the east of Mammoth Mountain, at an elevation of 7,880 feet. The town host skiers and snowboarders’ excellent conditions in winter and fishermen and hikers’ endless outdoor options in summer.

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Where? : Located in the central section of eastern Sierra just few miles west of hwy 3895.

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When? : Mammoth Lakes is popular year round. At winter this is a ski town and when the snow is melting you can have here many outdoor activities.


Due note 1: Mammoth Lakes is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, as such has relatively wide spectrum of accommodations and dining options.


Due note 2: Mammoth Lakes is the gate to the Devils Postpile National Monument.


Due note 3: The nearby Mammoth mountain that can be visit also during summer month.


Due note 4: Mammoth Hot Creek natural open Hot Springs complex is located just 20 minutes’ drive east of town. Highly recommend visiting and bathing the host springs as well as the nearby Hot Creek Geological Site.


My thoughts: I only had a short visit at the town, was on my way for a long hike. The town looks like the perfect destination for summer vacation “basecamp”. Many nearby options for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, hot springs and other outdoor activities.

The visit:


I will not discuss in detail about all what you can do at the town of Mammoth Lakes (winter or summer). Basically, a busy tourist town with a lot of activities options, surrounded by the beautiful nature. You can easily spend a few days at this town.

When visiting Mammoth Lakes, it is highly recommended to take a road that goes up towards Horseshoe Lake, take this 30-minute drive even if you do not want a hike near the lakes.

There are many points to stop along the road and enjoy the view of the mountain above the valley, alpine lakes, and waterfalls.

At the lakes you have the option to rent a kayak or take a swim and there are many different camping options if you want to do camping.


Just before the first lake (Twin lake) there is a small parking lot on the right side of the road, stop at Twin Lakes Vista and enjoy the lake view. Another recommended place to visit is at Twin Lakes Bridge, a picturesque small walking bridge that can take you to the remote side of the lake.


Keep driving and stop at Twin Falls Overlook. This is a recommended viewing point onto the mountain ridges, the nearby waterfall, and the twin lake in the valley below you.


A short, recommended hike, about half a mile each direction, going uphill towards McCloud lake. The trail starts from the parking lot at the end of the road at Horseshoe Lake.

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