A Guide to Mammoth Lakes

These pages are designed for visitors to the Mammoth Mountain and Mammoth Lakes area of the Sierra Nevada in California.

The Mammoth Lakes area is in east-central California, southeast of Yosemite National Park, and includes the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, widely considered one of the best ski resort areas in the United States, and the adjacent town of Mammoth Lakes. This general area also includes Crowley Lake, Rock Creek Canyon, Devils Postpile National Monument, June Lake, June Mountain Ski Area, Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake, and the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas.

In addition to skiing and snow play during the winter and spring, the Mammoth Lakes area offers hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, boating, kayaking, golfing, tennis, swimming, hot air ballooning, off-road vehicle use, fall foliage viewing, and resort-town activities like art galleries, movies, museums, shopping, live music, and fine dining.

In this area of great natural beauty, there are many things to see and do in every season of the year. Enjoy Mammoth Lakes!

The banner image at the top of each of these pages is a photo of the Ritter Range, west of the Sierra Crest in the Mammoth Lakes area. The photo was taken from the summit of Mammoth Mountain in August 2006. In the image are the crags of the Minarets (centered above the capital "M" in "Mammoth" in the title text); Mt. Ritter (elevation 13,157 feet / 4010 m, above the gap between "Mammoth" and "Lakes"); and Banner Peak (above the "k" in "Lakes"). Those cliffs and summits are best left to experienced mountaineers, but many summer visitors to the Mammoth Lakes area enjoy reaching the foot of the Ritter Range by trail.

Note: I have prepared these pages from publicly-available information and my own experiences. These pages are a public service. Neither I nor anyone else has requested or accepted compensation in consideration for listing information about commercial services or establishments in them. (I may receive compensation from advertisements, which are clearly marked as such.)

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December 2010

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