Mammoth Snowman Summer Update 7/22/2019

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7-22-2019 – 6:45 AM – Perfect summer days are upon us with clear air and lot’s of events and activities to do in Mammoth Lakes and across the Eastern Sierra. 

Skiing and Snowboarding have one more week to go with several runs open off of 23 and chair 3.

For the full details of the last week of winter sports and fresh images from Saturday, check out our Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Page.

Weather-wise we could see a few build-ups with a 20-30% chance of thunderstorms through the week. 

Highs in Mammoth will be in the upper 70s to low 80s with 70s at Main Lodge and into the Lakes Basin. Higher elevations will be in the 60s if you want to cool off from the Summer heat. 

Nighttime lows are into the 50s in the Mammoth area, with upper 50s to low 60s in the lower elevations and the Owens Valley. 

Winds will be light during the morning hours with afternoon winds 20-30 MPH at times out of the SW.  For Snowman’s complete Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Bishop weather forecasts use this link.

Sunset from Lake Mary - Photo by: Danilo Chacon
Sunset from Lake Mary – Photo by Danilo Chacon
Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin - Photo Heather Thomas
Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin – Photo Heather Thomas

Mammoth Lakes events this week: on Thursday there is the SEMBA Mtn Bike Race – VC #3 – Meadow Connector Trails. Here is a link to there web site for more information.

Then on Friday at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park there is the Friday VC Downhill Race on Pipeline. The race starts at 5 pm, use this link for the details.

If you want some music in the Lakes Basin, Friday at The Gallery at Twin Lakes there is a Concert Featuring Driftwood Creek Friday at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Friday into Sunday you will also want to check out the Village Fest in the Village at Mammoth. This event features a rib tasting cook-off and is something I would not miss. 

On Saturday morning there is the Kids Fishing Festival, this is a great family event that Snowman highly recommends you check out if you have young kids. Here is a link for more information on the event.

And also on Saturday, there is the Nike Mammoth Lakes Fun Run 5K at Shady Rest Park 8 am – 11 AM – Here is the link for more information.

Recreations News and Activity Ideas for Summer & Fall 2019

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Mammoth Mountain Snow Report: Mammoth Mountain is now open until July 28th, 2019 and all operations are out of Main Lodge.  For Snowman’s complete snow report write up with photos, lift hours and trails please use this link to the Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Page.

Lakes Basin Access The road is now open into the Mammoth Lakes Basin. 

Tioga Pass is now open with no restrictions 

Camping: All campgrounds now open in the Mammoth Lakes Area.

Fishing Season: 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 in most sections at this time. If you search hard you will find a few spots you can now cast a worm into for a solid hook up. 

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 several trails open from bus stop F down to Little Eagle and Canyon Lodges.

The Bike Park Shuttle is running out of the Village for a ride back up to bus stop F.  More trails will be opening soon out of Main Lodge as the snowpack below MC Coy Station is melting out fast. 

Mountain Biking trails and roads in the Shady Rest area are melted out, as are the trails and roads in the Inyo Craters areas.

Here is a link to trails you can ride outside of the mountain bike park for free in the Inyo National Forest

For our complete update please use this link to the Mountain Bike Report.

Hiking: The Mammoth Lakes Basin trails are really starting to melt out now. Still some snow around, but it’s time for a summer hike in the lake basin. Try out Crystal Lake from the Lake George Parking area for a moderate hike with some insane view.

The Mammoth Rock Trail is a great hike or a bike ride. If you’re on a bike watch for horses and hikers. 

Try a hike to the Sherwin Lakes, 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: 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. Down in the Owens Valley, the mornings up to about 11 AM are perfect for a ride. 

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.   There will be snow at the top well into July, head up for a snowball fight if your not skiing or boarding. 

Snowman out… Reviews 

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