Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes & the Eastern Sierra

Summer Activities

August 15th, 2023 – Here are a few ideas of what to do in the area during the month of August in Labor Day.

Mountain Biking: Single Track Trails and Forest Service Roads are now open below the 8500-foot level..Get the full details of what’s open and what conditions are like at our new website at the Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking.

Summer Hiking: Trails above the 9000-foot level still have as much as 2-10+ feet of hard-packed snow on the ground. It will be August or longer before most of the snowpack melts above the 9000-10,00 foot level.

Some good hikes you can do now would be the Sherwin Lakes Trail, just outside of Mammoth Lakes, Parker Lake Trail, out of the June Lake Loop; and the Lower Rock Creek trail, just past Toms Place.

Upper Rock Creek Canyon Trail is also available, with some patchy snow in the upper third in the wooded sections. MC Gee Creek Trail is also open and clear to around the 8500-foot level. 

Fishing Season: The early Summer fishing is limited this year from the big snowpack still left above the 9000-foot level.

All the creeks, streams, and rivers are running way too high for decent fishing right now. By August, things should settle down from the high runoff we see at this time.

The best places to fish now would be Crowley Lake, Convict Lakes, June Lake, Gull Lake, and Silver Lake.

Scenic Gondola Rides: Riding to the top of Mammoth Mountain is a fantastic experience. The views are breathtaking as you ride up and beyond compare once 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 to the scenic ride information page.

Mammoth Lakes Basin: 100% Open

The Hayden Cabin in Old Mammoth is open. Here is the link for more information

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is open: Here is the link for more information

Mill Pond Park & Disc Golf: A great place to hang out just beyond at the bottom of the Sherwin Grade. There is an entire 18-hole disc golf course to keep you busy for hours. Got Kids? The park has an excellent playground for kids as well.

Here is the link to get a map and all the details on Mill Pond.

Disc Golf at Shady Rest Park: This is a great regulation disc golf course with 18 holes located in the Jeffery Pine Foreast at the 7800 foot level.

Laws Rail Road Museum: I recommend everyone visiting 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 Owens Valley.

Here is the link to get more information

Bishop City Park: Here is the link to get more information on Bishop City Park.

Ski Ya Later, Snowman