Spring is in full swing here in Mammoth Lakes. With warm days, cold nights, plenty of snow on the mountain and wildflowers in the meadows, it’s hard not to find a reason to visit the Eastern Sierra in the spring. Here are five of our favorite reasons why spring is the perfect time to visit Mammoth Lakes.
Spring weather is epic.
The sun is usually shining and the weather is almost always sweet in Mammoth during the spring months. Those sunshiny bluebird days are abundant and the temperatures are moderate. Cold nights and warm daytime temperatures create an ideal scenario for the best of all seasons. When spring storms do cross the Sierra, they are usually followed with more days of sunshine.
You can enjoy both summer and winter sports.
Spring is the ideal time of year for outdoor adventurers. There’s still plenty of snow on Mammoth Mountain for spring skiing and riding. The Mammoth Bike Park often opens while the ski lifts are still spinning. Even if there is too much snow on the mountain to bike or hike, there are lower elevation trails in town or at Lower Rock Creek. The ice and snow have melted on most roads. Wildflowers start to bloom and walking paths are clear. There's so much fun to be had in the spring that the question is not what to do, but how you can fit it all into one trip!
Fishing season starts in April.
Even though Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River are open to year-round catch-and-release fishing, there is something about the official fishing season opening that makes it feel like spring is actually here. Each year on the last Saturday in April, the region is fully opened to fishing. Lakes like Crowley, Convict and June open their marinas and kick off the season. You can cast a line in previously closed creeks and troll for big trout in the deeper waters of the area lakes.
Patio dining is the best.
Warmer temperatures mean a host of outdoor eating options. Stellar Brew is always one of the first eateries to put out tables and chairs on its sunny south-facing deck. Have breakfast on the east-facing patio at the Good Life and a happy hour margarita outside at Gomez’s. As soon as the snow melts, try the outside seating at Mammoth Brewing Company and toast to the late sunset (thanks to Daylight Savings Time). There’s also several Eastern Sierra establishments that are closed during the winter and open their doors in the spring. Keep an eye out for the season opener of the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Mobil Station and Mono Cone in Lee Vining (usually early April).
Spring is full of festivities and events.
The spring season is highlighted by a number of great events and festivities in Mammoth. The annual JLA Banked Slalom is a memorial event and fundraiser celebrating snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain each year in March. The annual mid-March gay ski week, Elevation: Mammoth, is a friendly and positive week of skiing and riding at Mammoth with parties and events throughout town. The annual Pond Skim end-of season party happens in late April when Canyon Lodge closes for skiing. Fishing season opener at the end of April draws a big crowd with outdoors festivities celebrating all things fishing. And the annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is an exciting high point of the season that takes place in late May.
Monica Prelle is an outdoors, wine, and travel writer who would rather be running, climbing, or mountain biking. See more of Monica's posts here, read more of her work at monicaprelle.com and connect on twitter @monicaprelle...