View from the Lower Section of Mammoth Rock Trail

East Side Recreation Report – June 6th, 2021 – 11 AM

Time To Come Up For A Vacation – Here’s a List of What You and Your Family Can Do. 

I have created this page to report on the current status of what you can do here in the Eastern Sierra. Below is a weekly updated list that you will find helpful to your travel plans. If your looking to find out what’s open and what’s not we have you covered here.

Looking for some ideas of what to do besides just sitting around at the campsite? Below you will find my Family’s personal list of what we have done over and over for the 30+ years we have lived here.

There is so much to do in the Summer, you need to make a bucket list and make several trips up to do it all. ( This page is a work in progress this June )


**FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE NOW UP** No More Campfires or BBQs if you’re dispersed camping or day using. No smoking in the woods, please. 

Campgrounds Open 98% of the campgrounds are now open for the summer season. Make sure to have a reservation if you coming up to camp, most campgrounds are booked out thru August now.

There are a few spots that are first come first serve that you can hunt out if you can’t get a reservation. Have a plan b if you can’t find a spot. Here is a link to all the USFS open and closed campgrounds.

Dispersed Camping is open however fire restrictions are in place. That means you will be fined if you have a Camp Fire, BBQ, or you are Smoking in the Forest. Right now the forest is drier than I have ever seen it, so beware take the fire restriction seriously. 

Eastern Sierra Roads All local roads and forest service roads are open at this time with one exception. The road down to Reds Meadow will not be opening yet as there is a large amount of road work and tree thinning to be done in that area this spring. 

The Mammoth Lakes Basin is wide open with full services and camping open. The lakes are mostly full at this time, however, Horseshoe Lake is very very low. 

Bishop Creek / Highway 168 = Open

Rock Creek Canyon Rd = Open

What to Do this Summer:

Fishing is wide open and area lakes and creeks are all stocked up.

Marinas & Boat, Kayak, and SUP Rentals all local marinas are open and are renting boats, SUPs, and other fun stuff at this time.

Hiking The snow for the most part is gone now below 10,000 feet. Trails are in great shape with not a ton of people around yet.  

Mammoth Meadow Everything is in full green and the flowers should be coming out in the next week or two. 

Shady Rest Area & Park The park and all the forest roads in this area are in great shape. The playground is open as are all the ball fields. All the trails and forest service roads are open. ( Mammoth Creek Park is closed this season )

The Disk Golf Course at Shady Rest and Mill Pond are open and ready for a round of fun.

Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola Rides Re-Opens this weekend! Taking a ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain is an amazing experience. The views are breathtaking as you ride up and beyond compare once your standing at the top.

Once you reach the top station you will have a 360 degrees view of the Eastern Sierra and the Sierra Nevada. You will also get a chance to get a picture of the famous Mammoth Mountain Sign at 11,000 feet. There is also an interpretative center with more information about the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Mountain, and the mountain peaks you can see from the 11,000-foot level.

Laws Rail Road Museum I recommend everyone who comes up to the Eastern Sierra to experience this unique museum setting. You’ll find 11 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits including the original depot and steam locomotive the Slim Princess. Experience what life was like over 100 years ago in the Owens Valley. Here is the link to their website:

Bishop City Park Over the years we have spent many hours down at Bishop City Park enjoying the warmer climate and being out of the snow. This is a great place to have lunch and let the kids out to play. 

Mountain Bike the Inyo National Forest All trails in the Inyo National Forest are open. If you’re going to ride in the forest my advice is to ride in the morning before it gets too warm. 

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is now open with 13 lower mountain runs going and the shuttle service running out of the Village. Here is the link for more information.

Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center Reopening this weekend, here is the link to get more information.

Check out Mammoth Creek and Mammoth Creek Falls This creek stretches from Twin Lakes down to Hot Creek. There is some good fishing in the creek and it’s a great place to just sit by the water and relax and let the stress go. Next time your up in Mammoth try exploring the different sections of the creek. 

If you want to find the Mammoth Creek Falls they are about 1/2 of a mile down from Twin Lakes. Be careful hiking down to see the falls as there are some steep cliffs with loose dirt in the area, use extreme caution! 

Explore the Mammoth Consolidated Mine Every time we have friends come to town in the Summer we take them to check out this old mining camp. It’s located up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin just past the Cold Water Campground.

Walk or Bike the Mammoth Lakes Paved Trail System One of the best improvements ever done in Mammoth Lakes are these fantastic paved Trails. My family and I have used them almost daily for years. You will find great views and some forested sections on these trails. 

More Things To Do: ( additional details to come soon )

Try a bike ride to June Lake and Back on your Road Bike

Try some local Off-Roading

Take a quiet Scenic Drive

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Try Kayaking

Try Running at Altitude

Explore the Back Country

Check out the Rock Climbing near Bishop

Ride the Reds Meadow Shuttle

Hike to the Devils Postpile National Monument


Get rad at the Volcom Brothers Skatepark

Learn more about our History at the “Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin”

Check out the Mono Lake Visitor Center and Nature Trails

Take a drive up to the White Mountain Research Center 

Explore and Dine on the June Lake Loop

Fish on Rush Creek

Spend a day at the June Lake Beach

Head to Bodie State Park

Mull Days

4th of July Bishop

4th of July Mammoth and Crowley Lake

Labor Day Arts Festival

Fish Hatchery

Hot Creek Fishing

Ownes River

The Dam

The Gorge

Mill Pond

Browns Town Bishop

Bishop Golf Course

Snow Creek Driving Range

Toms Place

Rock Creek Lodge

Lower Rock Creek Trail

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Buttermilk Country Loop

Keough’s Hot Springs

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

Keough’s Hot Springs

Bishop Visitor Center

Rock Creek Pack Station

Mammoth Lakes Pack Station

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing

Canal Walks

Bishop Tuff


Karen Akiskalian Daves - Gem Lake 5-16-2021

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