The only thing that goes better together than fishing and beer is … well, nothing. So here are a few of the Eastern Sierra’s finest local brews for angling, lying about angling or just toasting another splendid day in the High Sierra.Read More
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Top 5 things to do in and around Reds Meadow
Heading over Minaret Vista into the Reds Meadow area, views of the Minarets and Ritter Range highlight the scenic ride. Located just 30 minutes from Mammoth, the region is known Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The valley is lined with granite boulders, Jeffery pines, and wildflowers, while it is filled with geology and history.
In the 1800s, prospectors traveled to the Eastern Sierra along the French Trail, a route from Fresno to the Mammoth area. Red Sotcher settled in valley on the western slope of Mammoth Mountain and farmed vegetables and sold to the miners. While people came from far and away to mine for gold and silver, it was Sotcher who prospered. Red’s Meadow and Sotcher Lake were eventually named in his honor. Today, the region is a destination for outdoor recreation.Read More
While Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is knwn for it's extreme downhill trails and features, Mammoth Lakes offers an abundance of options for family biking. From gentle dirt trails to scenic paved routes, you'll find a something for the entire family.Read More
It’s a unique pairing, one that dates back almost 20 years, but clearly blues and brews are two great tastes that go great together. Celebrating its 19 anniversary this year on July 31-August 3 at Sam’s Woodsite in Mammoth Lakes, the annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza weekend has become the standard bearer of the town’s summer season, drawing people from across California and the US to hear top blues musicians and taste craft beers from the country’s top microbrew producers.
If you’re new to the festival, and even if you’re not, how to navigate the massive four-day event might seem a bit daunting. Compliments of Turner, following are a few helpful tips and tidbits to get the most out of your blues- and brews-filled weekend!Read More
Don’t be surprised if you see a bear during your next visit to Mammoth Lakes.
Mammoth Lakes is home to an average-sized population of black bears. As the large, indicator species in the area, bears often dominate conversations when we talk about local wildlife.
That’s because bears are pretty sacred around here and we strive to live together with them in harmony. Perhaps you’ve seen the sticker around town with the directive: “Mammoth … Don’t Feed Our Bears.”
For visitors to Mammoth Lakes, if you see a bear, don’t be frightened especially if the bear is doing something natural such as munching on flowers or sleeping in a tree. Simply hug your wife, pay your taxes and relish in knowing you are witnessing something truly beautiful.Read More
Your family vacation to Mammoth Lakes probably centers around our incredible array of outdoor activities. Most of the time, the weather cooperates, but what if it doesn’t? Fortunately summer storms tend to be short-lived and bring much-needed moisture to the Sierra Nevada so they generally pose only a minor and even welcome disruption. Nevertheless, Mammoth Lakes offers an array of indoor activities suitable for the whole family on a rainy day. Several are also great options for after the sun sets. Check out these top ten possibilities:Read More
Two-wheeled camps, rides, and races at Mammoth Mountain.
Only the most daring of mountain bikers came to Mammoth Mountain to race the Kamikaze Downhill during the sport’s golden years in the 1980s and 1990s. Racers blazed the downhill course at more than 60mph, riding the 3.4 miles from the top of Mammoth Mountain to Main Lodge in less than four minutes—it was the fastest downhill mountain bike race in the world.
Riders from around the world made their way to Mammoth Lakes each year to compete in the first lift-accessed mountain bike race. After the sport reached its peak in the 1990s, the race fell off the event calendar and was just revived last year. Mammoth Lakes is considered the birthplace of downhill mountain bike racing and is still a mecca for cycling sports.
The line-up of mountain biking and cycling events grows each year in Mammoth; from camps to races and fun rides, there is something for everyone on two-wheels this summer in Mammoth.Read More
Ironman Champion and two-time Duathlon National Champion, Matthew Russell visited the Mammoth Lakes Crib recently as he prepared for Ironman Canada on July 27, 2014. Russell, a triathlete specializing in the Ironman distance since 2010, won this event in 2012 and came in second in 2013.
As part of his high altitude training he participated in the 2014 June Lake Triathlon held just 20 miles north of Mammoth Lakes on July 12 and handily won the Half Ironman portion of the event.
Russell agreed that the local tri’s tagline of the “Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place” was appropriate, even with all of the triathlons he’s done.
“The altitude definitely make it tough,” he said.Read More
The Mammoth Bike Park was recently named the #1 Bike park in the USA by Outside Magazine. I caught up with Pro snowboarder and avid mountain biker Gabe Taylor, to talk about highlights and favorite trails for all types of riders, as well as tips for stepping up your game on your bike.Read More
Known for its volcanic crags and proximity to Tuolumne’s granite domes, Mammoth Lakes is a destination for traveling climbers from around the world. There are short sport climbs and medium to long alpine routes for climbers of all abilities.
Mammoth Lakes is a three hour drive to Yosemite Valley. There are a number of crags within a short distance of town that happily surprise even the most well-traveled and experienced climbers. To really experience Mammoth climbing, you’ll need three days (hopefully more) to explore the different crags, various types of rock.Read More