Couple hiking at the Minaret Vista in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hiking & Backpacking

NOTE: The Inyo National Forest is temporarily closed for all recreational use to help reduce the potential of fire dangers and protect the public. 

Hiking in the Eastern Sierra is spectacular year-round. In spring, the sharp and craggy granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada Range form a dramatic backdrop for meadows brightly colored by wildflowers. In the summer, you'll never tire of finding secret alpine lakes, lush aspen-lined streams and forested hideaways tucked away in the mountains. In fall, early snow in the high country contrasts beautifully with the vibrant golds and oranges of aspens and willows alight with their display of autumn colors. There are plenty of short, easy and family-friendly hikes. For more ambitious hikers and backpackers, check out trails from Mammoth Lakes link to the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.

Below you'll find plenty of places to hike and backpack in Mammoth Lakes.

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Dry Creek Road Spur
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666

Six hundred years ago, a massive explosion heated rock and ground water, causing a large blast zone. Three craters were formed. Today, snow melt and rainwater create emerald green pools in the craters. Accessibility: 1.4 miles (2.25 km) round-trip uphill hiking trail. Directions: From the Mamm...Learn More

3218 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-7566

Kittredge Sports has all your year-round outdoor needs! We have summer backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, fishing gear and camping gear rentals and sales. For winter activities, we offer ski & snowboard rentals and sales and a repair shop. We sell top-of-the-line clothing and accessories....Learn More

3183 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-923-0191

Outdoor gear for camping and fishing, bike rentals, ski rentals, snowboard rentals, and footwear. Men's, women's and kid's sportswear. We also offer demos and custom bootfitting. Come and check out our wide variety of equipment!

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3343 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
323-513-0887
Since 1980, Sun & Ski has specialized in making outdoor dreams come true by providing customers with quality merchandise, exceptional service and outstanding values. Originally a ski and snowboard shop that sold cycling and outdoor gear in the summer, Sun & Ski has grown to satisfy the needs of a...Learn More
3043 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-2400

Footloose Sports is the premiere ski and bike shop and one of the most respected service-oriented sports shops in Mammoth. We offer Superfeet custom orthotics along with the latest brands in ski and snowboard gear, Mammoth logo wear, apres ski wear, shoes for hiking and running, bumper stickers...Learn More

End of CA-203 West
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-2289

The 101-foot waterfall is part of the Devils Postpile National Monument. It is known for the colorful rainbow that its mist creates. The best time to experience the rainbows is midday, when the sun is highest.

Mandatory Scenic Shuttle

The mandatory shuttle is operated by Eastern ...Learn More

Tioga Road
Lee Vining, CA 93541
209-372-0200

A spectacular day trip, Yosemite National Park is just a 45-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes. Hike through famous Tuolumne Meadows and dip your toes in Tenaya Lake. Iconic Half Dome , El Capitan and Yosemite Valley waterfalls are a scenic 1.5-hour drive through the park from Tuolumne Meadows.

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452 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-965-3444

ASO Mammoth offers all the equipment you need to enjoy Mammoth Mountain to its fullest. We offer quality snowboard, ski, and bike gear for your next visit. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, ASO Mammoth has you covered during any season!Learn More

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