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This four-season resort area in the Eastern Sierra doesn’t close down at the end of ski season. It’s said that Mammoth Lakes visitors “come for winter, but stay for summer,” and with the towering peaks, glistening lakes and wealth of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that Mammoth is a great summer destination. It’s at the edges of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and John Muir Wilderness, both with breathtaking views and tons of trails for hikers to enjoy. Bikers can pick from a variety of trail options — even including off-season ski trails. Anglers can catch their own trout dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) in the area lakes. Climb atop nearby ...

This four-season resort area in the Eastern Sierra doesn’t close down at the end of ski season. It’s said that Mammoth Lakes visitors “come for winter, but stay for summer,” and with the towering peaks, glistening lakes and wealth of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that Mammoth is a great summer destination. It’s at the edges of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and John Muir Wilderness, both with breathtaking views and tons of trails for hikers to enjoy. Bikers can pick from a variety of trail options — even including off-season ski trails. Anglers can catch their own trout dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) in the area lakes. Climb atop nearby Devil’s Postpile National Monument, where 60-foot stacks of six-sided basalt columns were formed when molten lava cooled and cracked. A short distance from there is Rainbow Falls — where the San Joaquin River charges right off a cliff, providing a refreshing summer hiking goal for a picnic lunch. Mammoth Lakes is a family-friendly destination, with activities and fun for all ages.

Jill Robinson
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Jill K. Robinson is a freelance journalist who specializes in adventure travel and culture and has written about Mexico and Central America for Frommer's and Lonely Planet.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California. It is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Mount Morrison, at an elevation of 7,880 feet (2,400 m).
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    From late June to early September, the temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees, so it's rarely too hot.