When we first stepped into the grounds of Mammoth Mountains, we were in great awe. It was so beautiful! The Mountains, the snow piled on the top of it along with the Gondolas traveling back and forth reminded us of our Road Trip in Europe a few months back. It was a happy day for us! Even the accommodation and hotel that we booked was so cozy and lovely. It made us want to stay on further and enjoy the room, facilities & the beautiful scenic view.
Besides the beautiful mountains, we also visited all the other Recommended and Must-visit lakes around the area. It was a fantastic experience. What I can say is, whatever that reminded us of Europe was the best!
Your Travel Guide to Mammoth Mountains & Lakes, California
1. Mammoth Mountains
Sitting the Gondolas and going up to the peak of Mammoth Mountains gives you an amazing experience and bird’s eye view. From the top, you will be able to see all the different Well-known Mammoth lakes in the area. Click here to find out more about The Mammoth Mountains!
There are numerous lakes to visit by car or by foot (hiking). Most of the lakes are accessible by car whereas lakes such as McLeod Lake, TJ Lake, Crystal Lake and Lake George are only accessible by hiking or boating.
Other lakes include Twin Lakes, Upper Twin, Horseshoe Lake, Lake Mary and Lake Mamie. Click here to find out more!
We did not hike as we were leaving early in the morning for Yosemite National Park, hence we went to the lakes that were accessible by car. They are absolutely gorgeous. The mountainous backdrop reflected the lakes that were extremely clear and unpolluted.
That is probably why you would see many people fishing or even swimming in the lakes! However, do note that it might be icy cold, thus I would not recommend you to bring your pets down for a swim. You can go for a swim if you are in for an adventure! We saw many people going into the cold waters for a swim! We are not a huge fond of swimming in cold waters. Maybe next time.
Note: These lakes are essential to the people living around but due to long periods of drought, these lakes almost dried up. Thankfully, we had a huge fall this year, 2017 thus the lakes are replenishing and as a result, water catchment areas have been built to store water for seasons of drought.
The village is pretty small but it is really cozy! There are accommodations in the village itself such as the Mammoth Mountain Village Lodge and there are also a few restaurants and shops in the vicinity. They have even provided a place for people to sit back and relax by the fireplace.
4. The Earthquake Fault
Yes! You can see an actual earthquake fault here! It is between Mammoth Mountain and the village. Visitors are permitted from entering the fault due to safety reasons. As you are driving up to Mammoth Mountain, you will be able to see a sign that says ‘Earthquake Fault’. Follow the signs in and you will be led to a carpark. As you walk further into the forest, you will be able to see the Earthquake Fault. It is very accessible. We could see how deep the cracks were. And wow, it was something I never expect myself to see…
Location: Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
More Information can be found here.
5. Devils Postpile National Monument
Driving into the Monument will not give you the opportunity to see anything. If you have the time, I would recommend you to hike down!