Mammoth Lakes Insider Blog

How to coexist with bears … Mammoth Lakes-style

Posted by Steve Searles on Jul 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Tag: Steve Searles, Bear Whisperer, bears,, wildlife,

Best Bets: Top 10 Weatherproof Family Activities in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Betsy Temple-Truax on Jul 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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:

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Tag: things to do, high altitude training, Things to do with Kids, summer

Summer Bike Events in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 23, 2014 3:30:00 PM

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.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, summer events, Mountain Biking, Mammoth Bike Park

Why “a different pace of life” is ideal for endurance training

Posted by Lara Kaylor on Jul 23, 2014 1:27:00 PM

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.

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Tag: high altitude training, running

Your Ultimate Guide to Mammoth Bike Park

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Jul 22, 2014 3:52:22 PM

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. 

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Tag: Mountain Biking, Mammoth Bike Park

3 Days of Adventure: Climbing in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 21, 2014 3:11:45 PM

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.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Yosemite, rock climbing,, Toulumne Meadows

Don't Skip Skip’s Farmer's Market in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Andy Geisel on Jul 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Every community needs a Farmer’s Market


Farmer’s markets offer year round access to seasonal produce and are all the rage in California and around the U.S. In 1994, the United States Department of Agriculture began tracking such markets, and that year listed 1, 755 markets known to operate nationally. As of 2013, that number had grown to 8,144.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, local food, farmers market, shopping

Love at 8,000 feet

Posted by Lara Kaylor on Jul 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Newly Married Athletes Return to the Endurance Crib

Newlyweds Rowan and Mike Torckler visited Mammoth Lakes recently, but it wasn’t a starry-eyed honeymoon that brought them here. Mike is a professional road cyclist who was taking advantage of Mammoth Lakes’ Endurance Crib for the second summer in a row.

The high altitude roads of Mammoth Lakes brought Mike and Rowan back for more because they understand the benefits of working out at elevation. With a home base in Santa Rosa, Calif., Mammoth Lakes is a “handy and beautiful” training ground, Mike said.

“It’s at the optimum altitude,” he explained. “You can get to 9,000 or 10,000 feet easily, which is good training for upcoming races.”

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, high altitude training, The Crib

Top Spots for Dog Walking in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 16, 2014 3:16:00 PM

Dog Days of Summer

Chances are your dog loves to Visit Mammoth as much as you do, if not more. As Fido watches you pack the car with hiking, fishing and bike gear he anxiously waits for his dog bowl and bed to be put in the trunk. With a woof and a wag of the tail, he hops in the car ready for his mountain adventure—it’s Fido’s dogcation.

Mammoth truly is a dog paradise. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite places to take dogs and a few other resources you may need while you are in the Eastern Sierra. As always, be sure to pick up after your dog and respect wildlife and the environment as you enjoy the great outdoors with your pet.

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Tag: things to do, hiking, hiking with dogs,, dog-friendly,

Your Ultimate Guide to Fishing with Kids in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Jul 15, 2014 12:18:00 PM

This week I met up with fishing guide Scott Flint from The Troutfitter to talk about fishing with your kids. The following are Scott's best tips and insights for fishing with kids.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin, fishing, Things to do with Kids

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