Discover Mammoth & Eastern Sierra Activities

There are endless possibilities on what you can do on a visit to Mammoth Lakes, California.
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall all offer up Plenty of Activities for a Great Family Vacation!

Here is an idea of what you can do in the Winter Time:

Walking, the arts, read a book, run, road biking, skiing, snowboarding, village championship racing, the unbound series, the unbound parks, powder riding, cross country ski in the lakes basin or at shady rest, snowshoeing, sledding, dog sledding, build a snowman,  ice skate in town, ice skate a lake, kite ski, take a balloon ride, ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain, après ski scene,  enjoy a village fire pit, eat out, listen to a concert, watch a movie, rent a DVD, have a winter picnic, snow shovel, burn some wood, take some picture’s, enjoy some coffee, mt bike, rock creek canyon, walk your dog, snowmobile, try full moon winter activities under the white night sky, enjoy the nightlife, winter fish hot creek!

Other Things to Do During the Winter in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra

While most of you will be coming up to spend all your free daylight hours on Mammoth Mountain there are plenty of other things to do in the area during the winter months. I know many people that want to come up but are not interested in skiing and snowboarding. Here are a few ideas of what else there is to do.

Scenic Gondola Rides: 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.

Snowmobiling is a blast in the Mammoth area. However, the fun is dictated by how much snow we have. During years of average and above snowfall, the amount of riding you will find is amazing. If you’re new to the sport you will want to take a 2 hour trip with Mammoth Snow Mobile adventures that is located out of the Main Lodge area. When there is ample snow there are miles and miles of riding on groomed out services roads you can access. https://www.mammothsnowman.com/winter-activities/mammoth-mountain-snowmobile-adventures/

Cross Country Skiing: There are some incredible options for Cross-Country skiing here in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern High Sierra. Your options and where to go will be determined by the weather, snow and the time of winter you come to Mammoth Lakes. The best Cross Country Skiing is always going to be up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin at the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center. As we get into winter the snow levels and colder air moves into the lower elevations. That will give you lots of options for Cross-Country skiing beside the Tamarack Resort in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. https://www.mammothsnowman.com/winter-activities/cross-country-skiing/

Sledding: The Snowman loves sledding and snow play with the Family in Mammoth Lakes. On storm days when the hill is mostly shut down, Sledding can keep you and your kids occupied for hours. Our family has come to love the sport of sledding so much we design and build our own courses in the yard.

Personally, I think almost nothing beats a couple of hours of sledding out on the hills around your yard, the town, or in the hills of the Eastern Sierra with the family. Grab the kids, helmets, and a variety of sleds, and get ready for some major fun. https://www.mammothsnowman.com/winter-activities/sledding-and-snow-play-in-mammoth-lakes/

Ice Skating: There are several options for ice skating in the Eastern Sierra. The Town of Mammoth Lakes runs an ice rink down in town right across from Mammoth High School on Meridian Blvd. The ice rink runs from Thanksgiving thru March and the ice is maintained several times a day.

During drier winters there are many open bodies of water that are also skate-able in the backcountry and at lower locations in the Eastern Sierra. A Google search will help you discover some of these hidden gems you can skate.

Hiking / Walking: Depending on what the snow levels are you will find some fun hiking / walking options during the winter months. First off during the drier seasons, the Mammoth Lakes town trails system is a great option for a walk. The paved trails that start by the Blue park off of Old Mammoth Road are the best place to venture as it’s the most likely path to be free of snow and ice.

The second option is the Lower Rock Creek Trail about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes just passed Toms places if you’re heading south of 395. This trail does hold ice and snow so be prepared even if the terrain around is snow-free.

Winter Mountain Biking: For the hearty soul that knows how to layer up for cold biking there are a ton of trails to ride during the winter months depending on what elevation the snow line is at.

Near Mammoth when the snow line is above 7500 feet there are tons of forest service roads you can ride. You will find all sorts of unmapped single track trails off of these services roads to explore.

Rock Creek Canyon is amazing for downhill action using two cars so you can shuttle back up from the bottom. During the winter you can ride back up the trail or use the road if you’re not able to shuttle, watch for ice on the road as it’s in the shade most of the winter months.

The Bishop area also has many trails you can ride during the winter months and the temperatures are more favorable than riding up in the high country. Do a Google search for trails in the Bishop area or stop by the local bike shop for information on where to ride.

Winter Fishing: The Owens River and the Hot Creek area are open during the winter months for fishing. Yes, it’s cold and your hands are going to get freeze so be prepared. Fishing the Owens River out of Bishop is my call for winter fishing.

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.

https://lawsmuseum.org/welcome-museum

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 without all the snow in Mammoth Lakes. You will see many Mammoth locals down here during the winter months trying to get a taste of winter below the snowline. 

More to come… Ski Ya Later Snowman

Come on up this Summer and Early Fall and you can check out all these Activities.

Beaches – Boating – Bodie – Camping – Car Adventures – Cycling – Eastern Sierra Towns – Eating Out – Fishing Gondola Rides – Hiking – Hunting – Jet Skiing – July 4th Fun – Moto-Cross – Mountain Biking – Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – Mammoth Lakes Basin – Museums – Marinas – Off-Road 4×4 – Local Racing – Rving – Summer Festivals Volcom Skate Park – Visitor Centers – Water Skiing – Wooding – Festivals and Much More!

What to Do – Summer:

Fishing is wide open and area lakes and creeks are all stocked up. Hot Creek will be stocking again after an early-season scare of fish disease. Here is the link for more information about fishing in the Mammoth area.

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. Here is the link for more information.

Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola Rides 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. Here is the link for more information.

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: https://lawsmuseum.org/welcome-museum

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. Here is the link for more information.

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. Here is the link for more information.

June Lake Loop & Mono Lake if you’re coming up to the Eastern Sierra, make sure you plan a day on the June Lake Loop and to the Mono Lake Visitors Center.

We like to start our day with a morning on June Lake Beach. The am hours winds are calm and there are not a lot of people around until around noon.

At noon you can head down the loop and fish Rush Creek. There are lots of places to pull off the road so you can access and fish the creek. After some time fishing if you head north on the loop you will get some great views of the Canyon and eventually Grant Lake.

Once you hit 395 again take a left and your only 10 minutes from the Mono Lake Visitors Center. There are some fun and informative exhibits to check out and some awesome views of Mono Lake. If you still have the energy to go explore more ask the visitors center host for directions on how to get down to the beach on Mono Lake.

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.

June Lake Loop & Mono Lake if you’re coming up to the Eastern Sierra, make sure you plan a day on the June Lake Loop and to the Mono Lake Visitors Center. We like to start our day with a morning on June Lake Beach. The am hours winds are calm and there are not a lot of people around until around noon.

At noon you can head down the loop and fish Rush Creek. There are lots of places to pull off the road so you can access and fish the creek. After some time fishing if you head north on the loop you will get some great views of the Canyon and eventually Grant Lake.

Once you hit 395 again take a left and your only 10 minutes from the Mono Lake Visitors Center. There are some fun and informative exhibits to check out and some awesome views of Mono Lake.

If you still have the energy to go explore more ask the visitors center host for directions on how to get down to the beach on Mono Lake.

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

Get out and do some 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 Post Pile National Monument

See SHAKESPEARE IN THE WOODS

Get rad at the Volcom Brothers Skate park

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

Owens River

The Dam

The Gorge

Mill Pond

Browns Town Bishop

Bishop Golf Course

Snow Creek Driving Range

Toms Place

Rock Creek Lodge

Mountain Bike Lower Rock Creek Trail

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Buttermilk Country

Keogh’s Hot Springs

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

Bishop Visitor Center

June Lake Loop

Rock Creek Pack Station

Mammoth Lakes Pack Station

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing

Canal Walks

Bishop Tuff

Snowman

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