Less known are the ancient petroglyphs just outside Bishop, not far from Mammoth Lakes. Around 8,800 years ago, a culture inhabited the area we now know as Owens Valley.
Many don’t know this, but Yosemite National Park is nearby, and you can drive to the northernmost entrance via Tioga Pass in about an hour from Mammoth Lakes. You’ll need to check the seasonal pass for closures, but if it’s open, this is a great way to see the high elevation portions of the park that most people don’t see.
Mammoth has a lot to offer bikers, on paved and dirt trails. From your condo, grab your bike out and ride ¼ mile to Lake Mary road, where a new, wide, paved bike lane has been built. This path will take you up to Twin Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, Lake Mary, and more. From there, grab lunch at any of the lakeside convenience stores and eat on a picnic bench under the trees.
The Mammoth Trolleys run this road very frequently with long flatbed trailers-transporting riders should they prefer a bus ride instead of a bike ride. There are many other gentle, dirt trails along the base of Mammoth Mountain, with access less than 100 yards from your condo.
For hardcore mountain bikers, Mammoth Mountain becomes a summertime mountain-biking mecca. Take the gondola to the top and then ride down the multitude of trails and courses, through the trees, to the bottom. Do not rinse. Repeat.
For a real backcountry adventure, try a half-day, full-day, or multiday hose backpack trip, taking you miles into the wilderness to remote lakes, getting you to a back-country wilderness that most folks will never see. Can you smell the pine trees?
Great fishing! Some go to Crowley Lake, while others fish one of the several Mammoth Lakes. Purists angle with barbless hooks and fly fish in the many world-class creeks and streams in the surrounding areas.
Is also available at Sierra Star (18 holes) and Snow Creek (9 holes). See how far you can hit in the high altitude, thin air!
Has appeals that equal nearby destinations , Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Both those regions are better known than Mammoth, but for some, this fact alone makes Mammoth a great choice. Summer travelers echo the comments of the local population, who say, “I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer.” Mammoth is a six-hour drive from San Francisco or from Los Angeles.