Fun things to do in Mammoth Lakes

  • Things to Do
    by HELEN
  • Wildflowers
    Wildflowers
    by chewy3326
  • Badger Lakes
    Badger Lakes
    by chewy3326

Most Viewed Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Deer Lakes

    by mtncorg Written May 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    By continuing along the Mammoth Crest trail for about 5 1/2 miles from the trailhead at Lake George, you will come down into a very pretty, wide open valley that encloses several lakes, known as the Deer Lakes. The views down into the Fish Creek Valley and on down the San Joaquin are far-reaching.

    Mammoth Pass, at slightly over 9200 feet, is the lowest pass in a large region of the Sierra. As a result, more snow gets directed into this area and as a result, the Mammoth Ski area.

    You can continue the hike from the lakes up a boot path at the end of the last lake and connect with the trail coming up Mammoth Creek at Duck Pass overlooking the grand Duck Lake.

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Upper lakes of Mammoth Creek

    by mtncorg Written May 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The lower lakes of Mammoth - George, Mary, Horseshoe, Twin , Mamie - are all very pretty and reachable by car. Here is where most of the fishing activity is taking place. But by leaving the car in the trailhead near Lake Mary, you can walk up along Mammoth Creek past another series of enchanting lakes, en route to Duck Pass. It is in these upper reaches that the stream that eventually will run through the geothermal valley and is transformed from Mammoth Creek into Hot Creek. But that is another page!

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Fishing
    • Camping

    Was this review helpful?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Garnet Lake

    by mtncorg Written May 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Thousand Island Lake gets most of the attention, from both horsepackers and backpackers and deservedly so. But just a mile or two to the south lies Garnet Lake - almost as large, not quite as many islands but still a grand view lying as it does at the foot of the Banner-Ritter massif. The lakes lies on the John Muir trail and it is easily possible to visit both it and Thousand Island Lake on the same trip. Both lakes area popular for camping and fishermen.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Fishing
    • Camping

    Was this review helpful?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Convict Lake

    by mtncorg Written May 9, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A few miles south of Mammoth Lakes, lies the turn off to Convict Lake, so-named for a gun battle between law officers and - big surprise - some escaped convicts - back in 1871. The road goes up alluvial slopes, up to the massive glacial moraine that encompasses the lake. There is a concessionaire at the lake head where boats can be rented. A large campground below the lakehead. A trailhead goes up into the backcountry from here as well - up to a series of beautiful lakes 3-7 1/2 miles in - Mildred, Dorothy, .... The mountains are folded in fantastic layers. You can get an idea by looking at the mountains rising from the west side of the lake. But the view that the picture shows is looking south over the lake at the very dramatic spire of Mt Morrison, rising to 12268 feet. Just to wander around the lake late in the day, is magic in of itself.

    Related to:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Mammoth Crest

    by mtncorg Written May 9, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mammoth Crest towers over the various lakes that make up the 'Mammoth Lakes'. It is just south of Mammoth Mountain and comprises the side of an old volcano which has collapsed - not unlike the north side of Mt St Helens or the inside of Mt Mazama which holds Crater Lake. The old caldera can easily be appreciated when you are standing atop the Crest, lakes sparkling down inside the old volcano below. the trail can be extended to the idyllic meadows and lakes of Deer Valley. From here, one can loop back to Mammoth Lakes by picking an easy boot path over to Duck Lake and returning down the Mammoth Creek to Lake Mary.

    For the Crest, you start at Lake George. This, as are all of the lakes at Mammoth Lakes, is a very popular fishing lake, but Crystal Crag towering above makes it a special place. The trail ascends to the crest and offers wonderful views in all directions.

    Related to:
    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • bruingirl's Profile Photo

    Scotty's Run, Huevos Grande, Cornice...

    by bruingirl Updated Feb 24, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Get yourself to the top of the mountain! There are many difficult and extremely difficult runs at the top of the mountain! The front face is all black diamond or double blacks. The back side is quite a bit easier with runs like Santiago and Arriba. There's also a great little cafe back there called Outpost Cafe. The front side is a challenge for almost any level skier or boarder. The weather at the top can be very windy and cold so unfortunately, they do close if often if there's just too much wind. The last time I went, it was 27 degrees F and 10-30mph winds...not too bad at all! :)

    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo

    Mammoth Mountain

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 17, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Mammoth Mountain ski area becomes a summer recreation paradise with a host of activities. From here, you can catch the shuttle bus to Devils Postpile National Monument and other dayhiking and backpacking destinations. The gondola will take you to the top of the mountain for great views of the Sierra. Bikes are available for rent and there's a rockwall for those who want to practice their skills.

    During Labor Day weekend, the area was a frenzy of activity with people partaking in the various activities while enjoying the perfect weather. Although the eastern Sierra region is brutally hot in the summer with temps near or over 100 degrees, Mammoth's elevation means cooler summer temperatures, which make it easier to take advantage of all of the activities.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Adventure Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo

    Mammoth Village

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 17, 2007

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mammoth has a small pedestrian friendly area which passes for its downtown. The streets are lined with coffeeshops, restaurants and arts and crafts stores. It is a nice place to have coffee and people watch or to browse the local stores. There are also numerous gear shops for anyone who needs equipment for their outdoor pursuits. Free parking is offered in the summertime as well.

    The area reminded me of the pedestrian friendly streets of Vail, without the crowds and the affluence. There are plans to develop Mammoth Lakes into a world class ski resort, or at least an attempt to do so. Hopefully, the large resort and spa and other developments will not detract from the laid back environment that is Mammoth Lakes in the summertime.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • bruingirl's Profile Photo

    Go hiking!

    by bruingirl Written Oct 17, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There's plenty of great trails from the super easy to the more difficult and strenuous ones! Enjoy all the natural beauty that is the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Bask in the sun and listen to the river flow....

    Was this review helpful?

  • HELEN's Profile Photo
    2 more images

    Ski and Ride

    by HELEN Updated Feb 22, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mammoth is one of the top ski resorts in the country. The top of the mountain is at 11,053 feet elevation. If you are lucky to be there on a day that the entire mountain is open, there are a lot of different level runs - green, green/blue, blue, blue/black, black diamonds and double black diamonds. The runs are wide and long. There are also plenty of parks open.

    Related to:
    • Skiing and Boarding

    Was this review helpful?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo

    Duck Lake

    by mtncorg Written May 11, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You can reach Duck Lake by walking up the Mammoth Creek trail from the trailhead near Lake Mary and passing over the 10600 foot Duck Pass, going by several pretty lakes en route - Arrowhead, Skelton, Red and Barney - or you can coninue on the Mammoth Crest trail past the Deer Lakes and up a bootpath to connect with the Mammoth Creek trail at Duck Pass.

    From Duck Pass, the Mammoth Crest trail descends to the lake and crosses its outlet on the southern shore, connecting shortly with the John Muir trail which is coming up from Reds Meadows and the Devil's Postpile. The trail continues to Purple Lake and Lake Virginia, ending at Mt Whitney, many miles and weeks away.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

  • depinski's Profile Photo

    Apres Ski

    by depinski Updated May 23, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A good choice is to hit up the bar at the Mill. It's a great spot especially in the spring with beach chairs and views of the Cornice. If you're done riding or taking a break for lunch grab a drink from the bar or some food from the restaurant and take your meal outside and enjoy the sunshine. There are lots of tables that fill up fast at lunchtime. If you get cold there is a fire pit behind a wind screen where you can warm up on colder days.

    Related to:
    • Skiing and Boarding

    Was this review helpful?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo

    Olaine Lake

    by chewy3326 Written Sep 29, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Past the Shadow Lake Junction, the River Trail (heading southeast) soon reaches Olaine Lake. This is essentially a small, shallow, tree-lined, mosquito-infested pond. It is not quite as scenic as any of the other lakes in the area; the mountain backdrop of the lake consists of a granite mound that seperates it from the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, and a granite ridge of the Ritter Range.

    From the lake, the trail begins to climb, going up slowly but steadily, passing a few trail junctions are eventually leading back to the trailhead parking lot at Agnew Meadows.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo

    Little Lakes Valley

    by chewy3326 Written Oct 1, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I debated for a while whether to put information on this area on this page or my Bishop page; this is just a brief description of the area, more can (or will soon) be found on my upcoming Bishop page.

    The Little Lakes Valley is a pretty, easy hiking destination at the southern end of Rock Creek Canyon, off of the Rock Creek Canyon Rd. from Tom's Place, a little nowhere halfway between Mammoth and Bishop.

    The main hike here is to Gem Lakes. From the Mosquito Flat Trailhead at the end of the road, a trail leads past Mack, Marsh, Heart, Box, Long, and Chickenfoot Lakes to Gem Lake, nestled beneath the sharp peaks of the John Muir Wilderness. There are amazing subalpine and alpine views along the way, including the dominating Bear Creek Spire. The hike is a short 7 miles round trip, including a side trip to Morgan Pass. It is one of the easiest and most scenic hikes in the Eastern Sierra.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    3 more images

    Mammoth Mountain

    by chewy3326 Written Jul 4, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    From the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center, walk outside and take a short trail to the windy, barren, and alpine summit of Mammoth Mountain. The 11,053 foot mountain is a volcano that last erupted 50,000 years ago. From here, there is an outstanding 360 degree view that includes Mono Lake, Mount Dana, Long Valley, the town of Mammoth, Glass Mountain, Boundary Peak, White Mountain Peak, Mt. Morrison, the Mammoth Crest, the Silver Divide, the canyon of the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, the Minarets, Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak, and Mt. Lyell. Although this view is astonishing, you can walk to an even better one (though it is somewhat limited). Walk north along a windy ridge to a viewpoint on one of the mountain's lower summits, where there is an astonishing view down to the Mammoth Lakes Basin, including Horseshoe, George, Mamie, Mary, Barrett, McLeod, and TJ Lakes.

    Was this review helpful?

Mammoth Lakes Hotels

Latest Mammoth Lakes Hotel Reviews

Grand Sierra Lodge Mammoth Resort
210 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 17, 2014
Best Western High Sierra Hotel
59 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 27, 2010
Silver Bear Condos
3 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2012
Mammoth Mountain Inn
309 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 16, 2014
Mammoth Creek Inn
226 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 11, 2014
Hidden Valley Condominiums
9 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Aug 6, 2013
The Village at Mammoth Lodging
1 Review & Opinion
Meadow Ridge Condominiums
6 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 27, 2013
Westin Monache Resort Mammoth
443 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 16, 2014
Juniper Springs Resort
243 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 2, 2014
Crystal Crag Lodge
47 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Oct 4, 2013
Quality Inn Mammoth Lakes
15 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 17, 2014
Pine Cliff Resort
6 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 5, 2013
Snowflower at Mammoth
4 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 6, 2014
Aspen Creek
11 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 23, 2014

Instant Answers: Mammoth Lakes

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

87 travelers online now

Comments

Mammoth Lakes Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Mammoth Lakes locals.
Map of Mammoth Lakes