Mammoth Lakes Insider Blog

Best Bets: Two Favorite Family Day Trips from Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Betsy Temple-Truax on Aug 21, 2014 4:19:41 PM

It’s back-to-school time and fall is just around the corner. We’re still enjoying plenty of great weather here in the mountains and late summer and early autumn is a terrific time to Visit Mammoth. Mammoth Lakes is centrally located to a number of amazing attractions, and the amenities here make it an ideal base for your family vacation or weekend getaway. You can explore the surrounding area throughout the day and return to Mammoth’s wide array of family-friendly lodgings and restaurants when it’s time for a break. Here are a couple of unique and educational day trip options that are favorites of my family.

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Tag: Mono Lake, hiking with kids, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest,

Traversing the Range: 3 Classic Trans-Sierra Hikes

Posted by Stacy Corless on Aug 20, 2014 10:54:20 AM

Hiking Across the Sierra from Deluxe to Ridiculous 

Hiking in the Eastern Sierra is imminently satisfying in and of itself: gaining a ridge or reaching the pass or summiting a peak are all very worthy goals. But there’s something about crossing a mountain range that makes you feel extraordinarily accomplished and closer to the land, somehow pioneering.

Indeed, many trans-Sierra hiking trails are historic paths once trod by native Americans, miners and enterprising explorers. While John Muir made due with a loaf of bread, today’s trans-Sierra hiker has much more to look forward to on the other end, thanks to some choice trailside destinations (which also come in handy when arranging a pickup for these one-way trips.)

Depending on the hiker’s skill level, sanity and credit card limit, there are many possibilities. These trips work as day hikes/runs for the fittest (and logistically savvy) or as multi-day backpacks.

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Tag: hiking, trans Sierra,

Top Tips for Surviving the High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Aug 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM

I caught up with Operations Manager John Armstrong from the High Sierra Fall Century and Gran Fondo to talk about top tips for surviving this beautiful, but tough, high altitude road race. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned road cyclists, John has some tips, including how to stay fueled up and when to rest on the course.

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Tag: biking, High Sierra Fall Century, Gran Fondo,, road biking,, Road cycling,

Top 5 Hikes off the Beaten Path

Posted by Monica Prelle on Aug 18, 2014 9:40:24 AM

Explore More of Mammoth Lakes' Backyard

Mammoth is one of the top hiking destinations in California for a reason. There are endless destinations with rugged beauty and hiking trails to lead you there, but like any popular area, the trails can be busy especially during peak hiking season.

Next time you are heading out for a hike, try a new trail that is a little off the beaten path. There are plenty of trails in our backyard that are less visited and equally as spectacular. Here are 5 hikes to try on your next visit:


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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, hiking

The Spirit of Bodie: A walking tour of the ghost town

Posted by Stacy Corless on Aug 13, 2014 2:34:22 PM

Late afternoon light filtered in as the air chilled. Even in summer, the Bodie basin is cooler than other Eastside spots at similarly high altitudes. In fall, the aspens dotting the hillsides turn sooner than anywhere else. Autumn is a great time to take a walk through California’s official ghost town, where aspen leaves are outshone by colorful history and enduring legends.

“It’s real,” said Jack Shipley, former California state park ranger, of the place that was his “office” and home for more than a decade. Bodie is not reconstructed, or cleaned up. Instead it’s left as-is. “In 1912, the store was locked up with stuff in it,” Jack explained—the same stuff you see through a wavy glass window today.

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Tag: Sightseeing, Bodie,, walking tour

Your Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Day Hike

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Aug 12, 2014 11:34:08 AM

I caught up with Jon Crowley from Mammoth Mountaineering Supply to talk about how to properly pack your backpack for a day hike.

Dos and Donts of Packing Your Pack

  • DON'T over pack with extraneous accessories, which can make your pack too heavy and affect your ability to have fun.
  • DON'T under pack. You don't want to be out on the trail feeling unwell because you didn't pack enough food or water, or because you were caught in a summer rainstorm without a rain jacket.
  • DO consider where you're going for the day and how much food and water you will reasonably need.
  • DO bring appropriate emergency preparedness items.
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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, hiking, packing a backpack,

Why is a fed bear a dead bear?

Posted by Steve Searles on Aug 11, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Teaching bears to rely on human food sources is a big no, no here in Mammoth Lakes, which is why the saying “a fed bear is a dead bear” has become commonplace. But what does that saying actually mean? 

Bottom line: don’t mess with Mother Nature. Bears will find the food they need even if that means migrating somewhere else where natural food sources are more abundant. They don’t need our trash or handouts to survive. Once you start feeding a bear it more likely to return repeatedly, which heightens the risk of property damage. If a bear becomes a nuisance, often it will be put down. Hence, a fed bear is a dead bear. 

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, Bear Whisperer, bears,, wildlife,

Expert Advice: ASICS Mammoth Track Club

Posted by Monica Prelle on Aug 8, 2014 3:46:00 PM

Footloose Sports Hosts a Q&A with ASICS elite runners


Each year in August, high school and college running teams from around the country make an annual altitude-training trip to Mammoth Lakes. Large vans decked with team logos head up Highway 395 filled with student athletes ready to ramp up their training before the cross-country season begins.

Situated at 8,000 feet above sea level, Mammoth Lakes is an ideal training destination for endurance athletes seeking the performance benefits from high elevation. It is not only a mecca for school teams, but also draws a number of professional runners for year-round training.

Coach Andrew Kastor, ASICS Mammoth Track Club elite athletes, and visiting professional runners including Ryan and Sara Hall, and Becky Wade met with more than 200 student athletes at Footloose Sports last Wednesday for a question and answer session.

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Tag: high altitude training, running, Mammoth Track Club

Top 5 XC Mountain Bike Trails Near Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Aug 7, 2014 2:44:00 PM

Though Mammoth Mountain is famous for its downhill mountain bike park, there are plenty of options for those who prefer to pedal up, down and all around. From the famed Lower Rock Creek Trail to the popular Mammoth Rock Trail there are cross-country rides for those looking to climb and descend on two wheels.

Note: to ride the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park trails you must purchase a pass. The pedal pass is a great option for cross-country mountain bikers who don’t plan on riding the shuttle or gondola and just want to access the trails.

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Tag: Mountain Biking, Mammoth Bike Park

Best Bets: An Introduction to Family Hiking Around Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Betsy Temple-Truax on Aug 7, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Hiking is a favorite family pastime in Mammoth Lakes for locals and visitors! It’s a great way to get out and experience our amazing landscape. There are countless hiking opportunities available in the area for all abilities. Here are some perfect introductory trails, safety tips, and resources to get you and your family out for a walk in the woods.

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Tag: Family Vacation, hiking with kids, Things to do with Kids

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