Activity & Road Updates in Mammoth Lakes

May 26, 2022

Are you ready for trifecta season? What’s that you ask? It’s a special time of year here in Mammoth Lakes when you have the opportunity to experience multiple activities in one day.

Mammoth Mountain is still open so start your day with some spectacular spring skiing or riding. After that, consider fishing (season opener is April 30), biking around town or even hiking as trails slowly begin to thaw around the region. 

Remember that weather can be variable, which just adds to the adventure. Prep with clothing layers and hot chocolate (or something stronger) at the ready in case Mother Nature throws us a curveball.

At the end of your day, warm up or cool down at one of the many restaurants, bars or coffee shops in town. 

Come experience the beauty of spring in the Sierra. You won’t regret it!

Seasons are kind of a big deal in mountain towns. With the change of seasons comes the beginning of some activities and the end of others, and subsequently road closures or openings based on those activities. 

Here’s the latest on activity openings and road updates in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area. Please note, these dates could be subject to change and are weather dependent.

Mammoth Lakes Road & Transportation Updates

Road Updates

Please Note: In the spring, we can receive late season storms that may cause roads to close until conditions improve. Always check current conditions before you go.

  • Hwy. 203 to Reds Meadow (Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls) – Closed for the season
  • Hwy. 203 to Minaret Vista – Closed for the season
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin Roads – Expected to Open on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 2 pm. Please DO NOT arrive at the gate prior to 2 pm. There is no parking.
  • Hwy. 158 (June Lake Loop) – Open
  • Hwy. 120 (Tioga Pass) to Yosemite National Park – Expected to Open on Friday, May 27, 2022. As of May 20, 2022, a reservation is required to drive into *or through* Yosemite between 6 am and 4 pm through September 30. For information, please go to nps.gov/yose.
  • Hwy. 108 (Sonora Pass) – Open
  • Hwy. 89 (Monitor Pass) – Open
  • Hwy. 270 (Bodie Rd.) – Open. For more information, please call 760-616-5040
  • Rock Creek Road – Open

Regional Transportation

For schedule information regarding Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) seasonal routes, visit the ESTA website.

Summer Activities in Mammoth Lakes

Biking

Mammoth Bike Park – Expected to Open May 27, 2022

Lower Rock Creek – snow free

Public bike trails are open to bikers year-round, weather permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions. Bike rentals are available in spring, summer and fall months, weather permitting.

Many of our local shops have started to rent bikes. Learn more about where to rent bikes here.

Hiking

Trails are open to hikers year-round, weather permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.

For a snow free hike, try*:

  • Convict Lake
  • Hot Creek Geological site
  • McGee Creek – Snow free for approximately two miles.
  • Parker Lake Trail
  • Mammoth Rock Trail – Some snow in the shade on the upper elevations of the trail.
  • Town Multi-Use paths – closed at Twin Lakes.
  • Sherwin Lakes trail
  • Rush Creek trail

*List updated as of 5/17/22

For a hike with a little snow, try:

  • Inyo Craters – Park at Winter trail head. Dirt road is not drivable yet.
  • Minaret Vista

*List updated as of 5/12/22

Fishing

Fishing season in Mono County begins April 30, 2022

Boating, Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Rentals are available throughout the summer. Learn more about where to rent boats, kayaks and paddleboards here.

Golf

Snowcreek Driving Range – Open as of May 20, 2022, Daily 8a to 5p. Please stop by the Snowcreek Athletic Club to purchase range tokens.

Snowcreek Golf Course (9 holes) – Closed for the season

Sierra Star Golf Course (18 holes) – Expected to Open May 27, 2022 (weather dependent)

Horseback Riding

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Closed for the season

Camping

U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, as well as privately run campgrounds in Mono County, are closed for the season. The Mammoth Mountain RV Park is open year-round with limited services in the winter. To learn more about the U.S Forest Service campgrounds here.

Other Summer Activities

Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola rides – Open

Via Ferrata – Closed for the season

Mammoth Adventure Center – Opening weekend is scheduled for May 27 – 30, 2022

Whitmore Pool is scheduled to Open May 18, 2022.

The Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center is open daily 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is open daily 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday 10am – 5pm

Winter Activities in Mammoth Lakes

Skiing & Snowboarding

Mammoth Mountain lodges:

  • Main Lodge – Open
  • Canyon Lodge – Closed for the season
  • Eagle Lodge – Closed for the season
  • The Mill – Open

June Mountain – Closed for the season

For details on lift and trail openings, visit the Mammoth Mountain website or the June Mountain website.

Cross-Country & Nordic Skiing 

Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Closed for the season

Snowmobiling

Mammoth Mountain guided snowmobiling – Closed for the season

Snowmobiling is available on Mammoth Lakes trails throughout the winter, snowfall permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.

Ice Skating, Tubing & Sledding

Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play – Closed for the season

Mammoth Ice Rink – Closed for the season

Other Winter Activities

Mammoth Mountain snowcat tours – Closed for the season

Snowshoeing is available on Mammoth Lakes trails throughout the winter, snowfall permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.

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