Another great way to see the Mammoth Lakes backcountry is on horseback. Local pack outfitters offer hour-long, half-day and full-day rides as well as week-long excursions into the Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness areas. One 2-hour ride, perfect for families, takes you to Heart Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and passes by a historic gold mine and mining camp.
Other favorites include the guided rides along Convict Lake, McGee Canyon, Rock Creek and Reds Meadow. Relax and enjoy the Sierra scenery while the horses do what they love. For a real old west experience, you can be a working cowboy on a horse drive during the spring and fall seasons. No experience necessary—they'll show you the ropes.
High Sierra Equestrian Club:
The High Sierra Equestrian Club protects and fosters equestrian activities in the beautiful Eastern Sierra Mountains of California. The organization is committed to both a love of horses and protecting the surrounding, spectacular mountain environment.
Equestrians have ridden horses on these trails for more than a century and take seriously the responsibility to protect the Round Valley mule deer migration corridor and preserve historic bedding and feeding habitat. Equestrians may ride by a doe and her fawn in their natural habitat without distressing either. That experience reconnects horse, rider and nature.
From June to October, stop by the Sierra Meadows Equestrian Center on Old Mammoth Road in Mammoth Lakes and make some new friends!