Recreations News and Activity Ideas for Summer & Fall 2019
Lakes Basin Access The road is now open in the Lake Basin, however, there is no camping at this time due to the snow and water runoff from the big winter. As soon as we get word from the Forest Service that a campground in opening up we will post it here.
Tioga Pass is open with very limited access to the west and east sides. Hours the road is open will be 10 to 11 AM and then 2 PM to 3 PM. There will be a CHP escort car to lead you thru the mess on the highway. The last word was no service’s or stopping in this area.
The Road to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow is closed until sometime in July due to road repairs and maintenance after the very large winter we just had. The road has been plowed and they have been letting bikes in and out of the area. Watch out and yield to road crews in the area.
Camping: Lot’s of campgrounds are open, but with the massive winter crews are struggling to get everything open for the July 4th Holiday.
As of now here are the campgrounds that are closed: Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George, Pine City, Coldwater, Agnew Meadows Horse, Agnew Meadows Group, Agnew Meadows Family, Upper Soda Springs, Pumice Flat, Reds Meadow, Devils Postpile.
Upper and Lower Deadman, Big Springs, Ellery Lake, Junction, Tioga Lake, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake Group Camp, Aspen Grove.
As soon as they are ready to open we get the word about it, I will update this list.
Fishing Season: is wide open below the 9000-9500 foot level with lakes being the prime spot to fish.
Right now we advise you to fish at Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George, Convict, Crowley and or any lake over on the June Lake Loop.
Mammoth and Convict Creeks are raging right now and the water flows are too high for fishing at this time. Hint: Hiring a guide is the best way to go if you really want a killer fishing experience in the Eastern Sierra.
For more information about fishing check out the fishing section of the web site here.
Mountain Biking: The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is now open with Downtown, Uptown, Big Ring and Shot Gun open from Chair 4 down. More trails will be open by the end of the week below the 8500-foot level / Chair 4.
Mountain Biking trails and roads in the Shady Rest area are melted out, as are the trails and roads in the Inyo Craters areas. Also the forest roads on the East Side of highway 395.
If you want some good single track riding, Lower Rock Creek 15 mins south of Mammoth is the place to go. For our complete update please use this link to the Mountain Bike Report.
Hiking: For hiking on a bit of dirt and a lot of snow you can try the trails in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Again above 9000 feet it will be mostly ALL snow so be prepared.
Mammoth Rock Trail has melted out now and is a great hike or bike ride. If you’re on your bike watch for horses and hikers.
Try a hike to the Sherwin Lakes as this trail is all melted out. My advice is to go early with limited melted out trails open right now it gets crowded fast.
The Convict Lake trail loop is all melted out and is great for a family hike. MC Gee Creek is also melted out lower down on the trail with snow above 9,500 feet to 10,000 feet.
Road Biking: is wide open for your enjoyment. Try a ride from Mammoth to June and back for a nice long road ride. Parking at the Green Church 5 mins out of Mammoth and riding out to Benton and back is also a great ride right now as well.
Take a walk on the Mammoth Lakes Paved Trail System. These trails spread all over town and are paved for easy walking or biking. Start out at the park on Old Mammoth Road.
Check out the Hyden Cabin: now open daily off Old Mammoth Road across from the Mammoth Creek Park. This old cabin sits right on the side of Mammoth Creek.
There are picnic tables and when the water is not running high some great fishing at the cabin. Inside the cabin, you will find a treasure trove of the old days in Mammoth Lakes.
Scenic Drives: Take a drive up to June Lake and drive around the loop. When you hit the town of June Lake try out June Pie for the best Pizza in the Eastern Sierra. When we do the lop we also do the drive north about 10 mins of 395 to the Mono Lake Visitors Center.
June Lake Beach: This is the best beach in the Eastern Sierra with tons of sand and good bathrooms close to the parking area. Best to go early for calm conditions as the wind blows in your face out of the SW each day afternoon. There are SUP rentals on the beach most days of the week during the Summer months.
Horseshoe Lake Beach in the Mammoth Lakes Basin offers up a nice beach. Depending on the water year it can be a short or long hike out to the waterline. If you have dogs this is the beach for you, if you’re not into dogs head to the June Lake Beach.
Gondola Rides: Nothing like a ride to the top if you’re not skiing or riding. You can get out at MC Coy and at the top and walk around. Everyone needs a selfie by the 19 foot tall Mammoth Mountain sign at the top.
There will be snow at the top well into July, head up for a snowball fight if your not skiing or boarding.
The Mammoth Welcome Center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Fuelwood Permits on sale
Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00).