Mammoth Hiking Trails
When you visit Mammoth in the warmer months be sure to hike a few
of the many groomed trails that wind throughout the Inyo
National Forest along majestic mountain tops with magnificent
views that go on for miles. On your hikes you will discover the
many hidden crystal-blue lakes, rushing streams and peaceful surroundings
that can only be reached by foot or horseback.
In the Sierras, there are day hikes, and overnight hikes, some
strenuous and some a casual stroll. There are thirty-one trailheads to get you started on all levels of hiking trails in Mammoth or the Eastern Sierra
providing access to the 1,308,477 acres of wilderness backcountry
for hikers seeking to escape into primitive and pristine areas.
These hikes require special wilderness permits,
and have trail quotas for overnighters. If you're more adventurous, you may want to go where no man has gone before in which you should hire a professional to take you. If you are thinking about going
in to the wilderness and planning an overnight adventure, you will
need an overnight hiking permit
as they have quotas on how many visitors can have an overnight stay. A professional tour guide or the ranger station can help you with that.
Reservations are required, they book up early and you must plan
six months in advance to guarantee a spot when there are quota limits.
We don't have to tell you that there are some unbelievably gorgeous hiking trails in Yosemite. Well, you can visit Mammoth and Yosemite in the same day as they are only 45 minutes apart. Mammoth and Yosemite share the same set of mountains, and the same highway access via HWY 395. Check out the scenery, the lakes and the vistas from an elevation that is comparable to Mammoth. Many of our guests stay in Mammoth and visit Yosemite for the day. There is an entrance fee into Yosemite.
Mammoth Lakes provides more than 70 groomed trails throughout
the area, from simple to challenging. Recently the town went over a massive movement to label all the trails with sign-age making it even easier to "go take a hike." When planning your hiking, you of course need maps, compasses, guide books and the like which can all be purchased or acquired at the Welcome Center. To show you how many trails and places to go, take a look at these maps of Mammoth
available in our Travel Section to get you started on your fantastic outings.
Mt Whitney offers some gorgeous views, but this is not an ordinary hike. It
is 22 miles round trip with a climb of 6,000 feet. You may find
ice along the way in May, June and September, so you must bring
appropriate gear. For more information, see the information on Mt.
Whitney. That said, many people like to just drive up the Whitney Portal to take pictures and see what goes on. If you're a first timer and dreaming of climbing Mt. Whitney, it is a good idea to find an experienced hiker to go with you on the first go round. When you make it to the summit... and return... you'll get the t-shirt to prove you did!
For More Information:
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546