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Mammoth Hiking Guide

hiking in Mammoth Hiking is a big word in Mammoth. It is because hiking in Mammoth Lakes is a year round activity enjoyed by young and old. When you're on vacation taking a hike is a must do activity even if it is a short and easy one as you will see sites you would never get to see by car. Especially beautiful are the trails that you have to take a trail to get to, instead of stumbling from the parking lot. This Mammoth hiking guide will help get you on to our trails.

From the first of spring all the way through fall most of the trails are clear and free from snow if you can get to the trailhead. Yes, even in winter hiking is popular, the difference being you will likely drive to a trailhead rather than just... well hike!

In the early season you can see the trees begin to get their green back along with the first leaves. When it is warm, the waterfalls begin to flow and the birds and nature begins to wake up from the cold of winter. As the summer rolls around all the natural wildflowers begin to bloom and forest comes alive with that fresh clean pine scent. Our pine trees produce more oxygen than any other trees which is why the forest smells so nice. In the later season of autumn the fall colors in Mammoth come out. This is a VERY popular time to come for a mini vacation and be outside among the trees. Usually guests come just after the kids have been settled into school around end of September and the first of October. The aspens, willows, dogwood trees come ablaze with shades of reds, orange, yellow and lime greens. The nights are now cold but the days remain warm which makes the trees change color. This is one of the most popular times to take photos so make sure your camera is charged up and you've got plenty of disk space.

Mammoth Day Hikes

There are many books on hikes in Mammoth which you may purchase at the Welcome Center, the Forest Service agencies, or many stops along HWY 395 so be sure you do. Meanwhile you might want to start planning how you can take in this natural beauty. These Mammoth day hikes are rated from easy to difficult to give you an idea of how much effort, or lack of it, they will take. Yes, some are strenuous, but most are really quite nice, just long. When hiking it is also advised to take into accounts the elevation. If you get winded easy, you should consider lower elevation hikes. Most people are acclimated to our higher alpine environment in just 24 hours.


If you're into more rugged climbing and hiking, you may want to consider a guide to take you to our backcountry. There are some awesome hikes, trails and trailheads that a novice can do when backpacking in Mammoth but if you really want that Mammoth mountaineering experience, you should consider hiring a guide the first time out. They know the area, the places that have the most amount of sites to see, and depending on the season, whats in bloom and what animals are out. Any of the local mountaineering stores can help you find a day guide. Mountaineering is big in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, so take advantage of our resources right in town. The locals know best. We really do.

What to Pack Checklist

If you don't know what to bring when you're packing your suitcase, here is a standard packing check list to jog that memory. It will help you remember the crucial elements... like sunscreen and sunglasses, good shoes, and water or hydration drinks. Please remember that when you adventure out, whether you're a novice or expert, it is always advised to stop the local ranger station and check in / out with them so they know your off exploring. The forest is here for your enjoyment, please make sure you leave it in the same condition your found it.

For More Information:
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


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