Summer Activities

The fun doesn't stop in Mammoth when the snow melts. There are so many summertime activities to enjoy; it's difficult to list them all. Come experience the wilderness and beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains this summer. Fishing, Horseback Riding, Golfing and Mountain Biking are just a few of the activities to enjoy. Our guide lists more information for planning your summertime activities. Some sports and recreational activities listed are open all year round, but it is always a good idea to check with a local official or Ranger to make sure the attraction is open. Be sure to check in with the Visitor Center at the entrance of town for current conditions. Although the great variety of summer activities in Mammoth Lakes could keep you busy for a week or two, there are also several day trips worth investigating. For starters, take a drive up the beautifully scenic Highway 120 to Yosemite National Park. Mono Lake is another spectacular day trip to consider. Visit a ghost town, Bodie is a former California mining town. It's no question that winter is awesome in Mammoth. But as the locals say, Come to Mammoth for the winter but stay for the summer.

Biking

Mammoth is known in the summer for its renowned mountain biking trails. Mammoth Ski Area in the summer transforms to challenge mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Road bikers have plenty of asphalt routes to choose from, be it peddling around town, Minaret Road to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and on up to the breathtaking Minaret Vista, or cruising the scenic stretches of U.S. Highway 395. The California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes located at the entrance to town on State Highway 203 offers free mountain biking trail maps and information on route descriptions, trail ethics and precautions. Your choice of terrain, sensational Sierra scenery and that famous California summer sunshine make an irresistible combination for mountain or road biking. Test your suspension on the Inyo National Forest`s vast network of trails and unpaved roads. There are so many different conditions and views to discover. In fact, you can cross a couple of microclimates.

Bird Watching

The Eastern Sierra is home to a wide variety of birds year-round, while many others migrate through. The birds of the Eastern Sierra offer both the casual and the dedicated birdwatcher a large and diverse population. Nearly 300 species of birds have been identified within the area. Some are year-round residents, others migratory visitors. With a pair of binoculars and a bird identification guide, birding in the Eastern Sierra can be rewarding for a few hours or for a lifetime.

Canoeing / Kayaking / Paddle Boarding

Excellent canoeing, kayaking and paddle boating opportunities abound at the numerous lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and surrounding areas. During the summer months, these waters feature both recreational paddlers out for a scenic afternoon and fishermen trying to hook a trophy-size trout. Rent a canoe, kayak or boat and venture out on your own. Learn about the fascinating history of Mono Lake with a guided kayak tour. Paddle around Crowley Lake and enjoy the mountain scenery. A sunny summer or fall day on the water in the Mammoth Lakes area is a special experience for the whole family.

Fishing

The Mammoth Lakes Resort Corridor is known for its boundless recreation opportunities. Trophy Trout Fishing has to be very close to the top of the list on why our visitors can`t wait to get back and enjoy the Mammoth Area. The Mammoth Lakes Area has over 400 lakes and more than 1,100 miles of streams. Come experience the wilderness and beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains while enjoying some of the best fishing in California.

Geochaching

So what is Geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. Today, well over 350,000 geocaches are currently placed in 222 countries around the world, which are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. According to Geocaching.com there are 55 Geocache sites within a 10 mile radius of Mammoth Lakes (Zip Code 93546). Caches are located at points of historic interest, close to hiking and biking trails, some are even placed on Mammoth Mountain or at other high altitude locations which may demand a little more endeavor to find.

Golfing

The highest 18-hole golf course in California is located in Mammoth Lakes. At 8,000 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada Range, the Sierra Star Golf Club is without a doubt one of a kind. Sporting views of the mountains and Mammoth Mountain ski area from many holes. Or play a round at Snowcreek Golf Course, a 9-hole, par-35 nestled beneath the Sherwin Mountain Range. There is even a small miniature golf course in the center of town.

Hiking

Hiking is endless in Mammoth Lakes. There are 1,308,471 acres of wilderness back country to get away from it all with 36 trail heads that provide access. Experience the multitude of flowers in bloom, the spectacular views, waterfalls, and the quiet and peaceful feeling of being part of nature. Rainbow Falls and Devil`s Postpile National Monument are popular destinations.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a must in Mammoth. Horseback riding ranges from a one hour guided tour to several days if you feel adventurous. A 2-hour ride, perfect for families, takes you to Heart Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, passing by a historic gold mine and mining camp. Other favorites include the guided rides along Convict Lake, McGee Canyon, Rock Creek and Red`s Meadow. Relax and enjoy the Sierra scenery while the horses do what they love.

Hot Air Ballooning

Experience the beauty of the High Sierra aboard a Hot Air Balloon. Experience the flight of your life over picturesque Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra. Photograph beautiful rural countryside, forests and wildlife. Mammoth Balloon Adventures offers one hour Sierra sunrise hot air balloon rides.

Mountain Climbing

From the challenging, short climbs of the Owens River Gorge to the big walls of Yosemite National Park and towering Sierra peaks, sport climbers rave about the exhilarating options in the Mammoth Lakes area. Whether you`ve ever tried climbing outside, in a gym or just thought about it, you`ll have an exhilarating experience. At the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center kids can scale new heights on the 35-foot vertical climbing rock and ride the zip line. There is a "Little Kids" climbing wall, as well.

Off-Roading / Motocross

Off-highway adventure in Mammoth Lakes is enough to rev up any self-respecting SUV, ATV and Motorcycle - or its owners. Hundreds of miles of unpaved roads are just waiting for you on the Inyo National Forest. Backroad travel leads to a full menu of Sierra locations and awesome scenery. The Eastern Sierra Motor Touring Guide, available at the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes offers tips and back road tour itineraries. The California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes also offers a free off-highway vehicle map. Mammoth is famous for being in the center of over 4,000 miles of local dirt routes strewn out throughout the largest Jefferey Pine forest in the world. Trails are open weather permitting for green sticker, red sticker, and street legal (dual-sported) motor cycles.

Photography

California`s Eastern Sierra is a photographer`s dream! Snow-capped mountain peaks, Bodie Ghost Town, wildflowers, fall colors, interesting rock formations, waterfalls, and so much more! California`s Eastern Sierra is the most unique of western landscapes, a rugged land of enchanting beauty and contrasts. The 14,000-foot peaks of the Sierra drop off into the valley and deserts below. No other place in California encompasses more dramatic scenery. Capture a snapshot or two of the remarkable beauty, vastness, and scenery of the region. There is always something to take your breath away.

Roller Skating

Operating as the Mammoth Ice Rink in the winter, the Mammoth Roller Rink will offer summer recreational roller and inline skating, youth/adult roller hockey, arena soccer, broomball, basketball, mini-ramps, and table tennis/golf. The Mammoth Roller Rink is also a fun and unique venue for your next birthday party on wheels or special event.

Running

Mammoth Lakes is a playground for every athlete. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate this amazing place is to put on your running shoes and head out on the many trails. There is such a variety of terrain and topography, which isn`t just vertical feet, but endless possibilities in every direction. Running in Mammoth Lakes is ideal for elite world-class runners like members of the Mammoth Track Club, but also for recreational runners that can take more time to enjoy the views and beauty of the town of Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area. Many High School and College Cross Country Running Teams also descend upon Mammoth each summer for high altitude training.

Scenic Gondola Rides

The summit of Mammoth at 11,053 feet is perhaps the most stunning view you`ll find in California. But don`t be fooled by the remote elevation – once you reach the top you`ll discover there`s plenty to do. From the Sierra Interpretive Center to the Top Of The Sierra Café, you`ll be amazed at what you find above 11,000 feet.

Scenic Road Trips / Sightseeing

There are several day trips worth investigating. For starters, take a drive up the beautifully scenic Highway 120 to Yosemite National Park. The eastern entrance to the park at Tioga Pass opens mid-May depending on winter snowfall and is only 20 miles away from Mammoth. Mono Lake is another spectacular day trip to consider. Just off Highway 395 north of Mammoth, Mono Lake plays host to millions of migratory and nesting birds. Or visit a ghost town – Bodie is a former California mining town, which had a population of about 20 until gold was discovered. Discover sightseeing in the Mammoth Lakes area. Devils Postpile National Monument, Hot Creek and Rainbow Falls are unsurpassed in their scenic, historic and geologic wonder.

Skateboarding

There are 2 Skate Parks in town, Shady Rest Skate-park is a street-scene skate-park that is nestled in the pines and the Volcom Brothers skate-park. Or for a change of scene, skate the miles of paved paths that wind through the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Pick up a free map at the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes, located on Hwy. 203 at the entrance to town.

Swimming

Most Condominium and Town-home Complexes offer heated Swimming Pools in the summer months. You can also swim at Horseshoe Lake, The Whitmore Pool and Snowcreek Athletic Club.

Tennis

Tennis courts are available at several condominium complexes in town. Our rental program offers courts at Snowflower, Sunshine Village and Wildflower. The Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department maintains six tennis courts at the Community Center Park site. The courts are open from dawn to dusk for drop-in play. They are also available by reservation for groups, tournaments and clinics. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, Snowcreek Athletic Club provides tennis courts to members and non-members (fee charged).

Water Ski / Jet Ski

Both Crowley Lake and Grant Lake allow water-skiing and jet skiing, however, no rentals are available so please bring your own watercraft. Grant Lake is also great for windsurfing. High mountain lakes can be very cold, so a wetsuit is recommended to help insulate your body from the chilly water.