April to June offers Mammoth’s best kept secret - “This is the time to visit! ” Spring in the High Sierra brings wonderful skiing plus lift tickets and lodging are usually discounted. Warm days and cool nights set-up perfect corn snow on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. The meadows surrounding the area come alive with a rainbow of wildflowers. Songbirds return to the area and many visitors are surprised to find that the Eastern Sierra offers some of the best wildflower viewing and birding opportunities in the Western U.S.! And of course, it is no secret that Mammoth Lakes is home to world-class trout fishing! Fishing in Mono County opens the last weekend of April. You will find dozens of spectacular creeks and lakes to try your luck in, all while taking in the magnificent views of the alpine! Depending on the snowpack, spring also offers mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and boating opportunities. Many photographers visit the Eastern Sierra in the spring. This is the time to capture snow-covered peaks, rushing streams, green meadows and unique wildlife.
Mammoth is a mountain paradise in the summer. A popular local's phrase is “You move to Mammoth for the winter and you stay for the summer!” Mammoth Mountain opens its slopes to mountain biking in the summer. Descend 3,000 feet on 90-miles of dirt single track. The panoramic gondola takes riders to the top of the mountain for easy access and offers expansive views of the entire area. Mammoth has two golf courses including the world-class “Sierra Star” offering ‘California’s Highest 18-hole course‘. These courses are usually open by the end of May. Many come to backpack and hike into the 2-million acres of wilderness surrounding Mammoth Lakes. The Town is also home to the Devil’s Postpile National Monument and the spectacular Rainbow Falls. Mammoth hosts dozens of festivals and activities during the summer months including the Mammoth Motocross, Jazz Jubilee, the Sierra Summer Festival, the Bluesapalooza - Blues and Brews, the Mammoth Festival of Wine and many more. Choose from any of the following events while visiting Mammoth in the summer: Canoeing and Kayaking, Climbing, Fishing, Geocaching, Horseback Riding (many wonderful day trips and guided tours available), Hot Air Ballooning, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Photography, Running, Sightseeing, Skateboarding (Mammoth now offers the Volcom Brothers Skate Park), Spa Services, Summer Programs and Tours, SUV Off Road/4WD, Swimming, Tennis, Wildlife and Bird Watching or visit Yosemite National Park.
This is many visitors and locals favorite time of the year. The Aspens, Birch and Cottonwoods abundant in this area turn into a stunning display of orange and red. A “Fall Color Guide” is available to visitors who come to experience nature’s show. The crowds are light, everyone soaks in the warm daytime temperatures and are reminded every night with the cool temperatures that winter is just around the corner. There is an energy in Mammoth during the fall that brings everyone a sense of peace. Time seems unhurried as one takes in the spectacular mountain scenery. Fall in Mammoth offers all of the same activities that the summer provides. This is a great time to visit as you have all of your favorite locations to yourself. Some head to the Lakes Basin and tour some of the historical mines and original homesteads of the Mammoth gold rush era. Some stop by Mono Lake and witness an ancient sea complete with gulls, tufa formations, the Panum Crater and unsurpassed Sierra views. Some hike to the Inyo Craters or the Earthquake Fault along Mammoth’s Scenic Route. Some head off on the hundreds of 4WD roads surrounding the area. Many spend their days fishing and the fall provides some of the best fishing of the season which stays open until the middle of November. Experiencing the foliage on the trails whether on foot, horseback or mountain bike is an experience you will return for each year. Many stunning vistas and lookout points can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. After the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park closes for the season, grab a guidebook and head out on miles of free mountain biking surrounding Mammoth. Whatever you choose to do in Mammoth, we promise you one thing - If you visit Mammoth in the Fall, you will quickly decide to return again next season!
Mammoth Mountain is one of the world’s top ski destinations (click here for Mammoth Trail Maps). Lifts open early in Nov. and run until Memorial Day and sometimes even until the 4th of July! This is one of the longest seasons in the world thanks to snowfall averages over 400 inches each season and an 11,053-foot elevation. And all of this is complete with 300 days of California sunshine each year! Mammoth Mountain Statistics:
Not a skier or snowboarder? Mammoth Lakes offers a multitude of other activities in the winter. Tamarack Lodge provides 11.5 miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through the spectacular lakes basin. In addition to this, over 80 miles of other free groomed trails are available throughout the area. Or just set off exploring over 75,000 acres of open wilderness! Mammoth also offers a variety of dog-sledding and snowmobile adventures. Be sure to visit Woolly's Tube and Snow Play Area - Mammoth’s own innertubing park complete with a t-bar and six groomed lanes through the pine trees! Of course, many visitors just grab a sled and head off to the forest with the family for a little old-fashioned fun. Be sure to visit the Mammoth ice-skating rink before you leave. Typically open December-March, the ice-skating rink offers unbelievable mountain views and many fun family activities. Guided winter tours are also available including guided ski touring, mountaineering and ice climbing. Or enjoy Mammoth’s unique shopping experience with boutiques in the Village, an outlet center on Main Street and several malls and shopping centers. Getting a massage in the mountains is a way of life and there are no shortage of massage and spa centers here in Mammoth. After a long day outdoors, unwind at one of fifty restaurants in Town offering everything from budget taquerias to gourmet fine dining. Whatever you come to experience in Mammoth during the winter, you will certainly enjoy the crisp, cool mountain air that will leave you feeling energized and renewed!
- Elevation: Summit is 11,053 feet, Base is 7,953 feet
- Vertical Rise: 3,100+ feet
- Number of Lifts: 28 (9 high speed quads, 2 high speed six-packs, 3 gondolas)
- Skiable Acres: 3,500+ acres (150 Named Trails, 3 Pipes, 3 Terrain Parks)
- Longest Run: 3 miles (15% Expert/20% Advanced/40% Intermediate/25% Beginner)
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm daily (reduced hours in late Spring)
- June Mountain is only a 15-minute drive north of Mammoth and offers a great alternative for skiing and boarding: www.JuneMountain.com