Come Play In Mammoth Lakes!
Townhome Convenient to Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Biking, and Fishing!
Mammoth Lakes is a paradise in the summer. You can walk or bike everywhere. You can use the fantastic Volcom Brothers Skate Park. There are probably more than a hundred hikes for all skill levels around the town - many of them close to natural wonders such as Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls. Yosemite National Park is only a short drive away, and what a relief it is to visit Yosemite in summer without having to fight the crowds for a campsite or hotel room! Closer to home, you can hike wilderness as beautiful as Yosemite yet still have the trail to yourself. There are an amazing number of family-friendly hikes in the area. Our favorites include:
- Ancient Bristlecone Forest, Methuselah Walk, and Shulman Grove - the Methuselah Walk is a chance to walk through a grove of trees whose age is measured in the thousands of years, trees that first took root a full 1,000 years before the first dynasty arose in Egypt, when mankind was just figuring out how to farm. You can also see mountain mahogany trees which are used to make great smoked jerky at nearby Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, and look down on Deep Springs. This is one of a number of Inyo National Forest Interpretive Areas that are close by our townhome.
- Convict Lake - an easy hike of 3 miles around a beautiful mountain lake with less than 250 feet of elevation change on the walk, great fishing on the lake, and a full-service restaurant at Convict Lake resort for lunch, dinner, or just relaxing in the bar watching a football game after your hike!
- Mammoth Lakes Basin - at the top of Lake Mary Road, you can find numerous lakes, hiking trails, horseback riding, and boat rentals! A few of our favorites include the hikes to Emerald Lake, Dragon's Back and Seven Lakes Point, Macleod Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and a chain of trails that give access to Barrett Lake, Sky Meadows, and eventually to Duck Pass and more lakes beyond if you're able to walk the 11+ mile round trip.
- Minaret Vista - The Minaret Vista hike above Mammoth Lakes is an explosion of colors and magnificent 360º vistas - Mammoth Mountain, the Minarets, Banner Peak, Mount Ritter, and the White Mountains are all visible. Even if you're not going to hike, this is a great picnic spot and there are a few tables, restrooms, and plenty of parking.
- Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls - Devils Postpile is one of the most unique geological formations that you can walk on top of this side of the Giant's Causeway in Ulster. After touring this natural wonder, a moderate hike beyond takes you to Rainbow Falls, where you can get up close to a waterfall that rivals the best Yosemite has to offer without the crowds!
- Crystal Crag - The Crystal Crag trail takes you up a steep trail with amazing views and a few steep dropoffs, and then dog-legs back to Crystal Lake. A huge granite rock, Crystal Crag, rises above Crystal Lake and provides a beautiful setting for late day photographs as the rock reflects the light of the setting sun onto the lake.
- Hot Creek - If you look around Mammoth, you will see a lot of vehicles with the "Don't Wade Hot Creek" bumper sticker. Hot Creek is a crowded fishing creek, and it was a favorite spot for folks to wade, float, and party in the usually comfortable, sometimes dangerously hot, hot springs-fueled creek. The National Park Service and local activists have tried to quash this behavior due to the damage done to the creek. The hike next to the creek leads to a set of fumeroles and bubbling mud pots, and it offers a taste of Yellowstone or Lassen Volcanic National Parks.
- Saddlebag Lake, Lundy Pass, and Lake Helen - You can easily make an entire day and more out of a visit to Saddlebag Lake. The Saddlebag Lake Resort offers great food and desserts, boat rides and rentals, and great fishing. The hiking trails around and on the far side of Saddlebag Lake weave in and out of other lakes and are bounded by high mountains on all sides for incredibly picturesque views.
- Earthquake Fault - Heading up Minaret Road through the Village and up the hill towards the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort's Main Lodge, you will see a sign for Earthquake Fault on the roadside in the summer. This is a short, educational trail that lets you peer down into a fissure that runs along the fault line lining up with the Inyo-Mono Craters.
- Panorama Dome - Panorama Dome is a short uphill hike through pine forest that pops out on a rocky hill with incredible views of the Owens Valley and Crowley Lake on one side, and Twin Lakes on the other. You can simply walk up the path between the townhouses to the Lake Mary bike trail, then head uphill until you see the sign for Panorama Dome on your left after passing the Twin Lakes parking area. This is easily a 4 1/2 mile hike round trip, 5+ miles if you decide to stop in at Tamarack Lodge for a delicious dinner on the way home. It is much easier to ride the trolley up the hill, or drive up the hill and park if you are so inclined, making this a short, steep hike of less than a mile roundtrip.