Mammoth Gold Mine
The present resort town of Mammoth Lakes is situated near the now quiet Lake Mining District. The district was established in 1877 when a group of miners discovered the gold and silver deposit that became known as the "Mammoth Lode." By 1878 a twenty stamp mill was operating and the towns of Mammoth City, Mill City and Pine City rapidly developed. Yes, there really was a Mammoth gold mine.
What remains today is a series of rock foundations and a flume that supplied water to the night water wheel. Used to power the stamp mill, this famous, six-foot water wheel was fabricated in Europe and shipped around Cape Horn. A small monument commemorates Mill City town site. A ranger-led tour of Mammoth City and Mill City is offered during the summer. Contact the Mammoth Ranger Station for dates and times.
Mammoth Consolidated Gold MineFor mining history buffs, the nearby Mammoth Consolidated Mine, established in 1927, is also worth visiting. You'll see remains of the mine's bunkhouses, cook house, manager's office, assayer's office, ore processing equipment, the mine adit, and the ore transportation system. When the mine is open you can go inside but you will need good flashlights, and shoes that can get wet. The brochure for the self-guided walking tour of the Mammoth Consolidated Mine is available at the Mammoth Ranger Station. Be sure to bring a flashlight if you want to go in the cave, if the door is unlocked. It's also wet, so wear shoes you don't care about.
The Mammoth City point of interest is just south of Coldwater Campground out by Lake Mary. The mine entrance is located at the rear of Coldwater Campground. To reach the campground, take Highway 395 to Highway 203 to the town of Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine is off the uppermost parking lot of the campground. There is a well-marked, 0.25-mile trail off the Duck Pass Trailhead parking area, located just south of the Mammoth City point of interest. No facilities are available at the mine, however wheelchair restrooms are at the trailhead.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mammoth Ranger Station and Welcome Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546