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