Couple hiking at the Minaret Vista in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hiking & Backpacking

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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361 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-395-3951

Mammoth Mountaineering Supply is California's premier mountaineering store. Stocked with the newest and best backcountry skiing, climbing and backpacking gear and clothing from top-line brands. MMS outfits hikers, backpackers, climbers, peak baggers and campers in the summer and backcountry...Learn More

3343 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
757-635-5655
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
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

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

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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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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1 Visitor Center Drive
Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
760-647-3044

This saltwater lake is best known for its tufa towers which were formed with the interaction of the salt and the freshwater springs bubbling up from the bottom of the lake. The center has interactive displays that teach about many aspects of the Mono Basin's geology, ecology, and human history....Learn More

Lake Mary Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666

Glacier-carved lakes form the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George and Horseshoe Lake are nestled below jagged peaks and pine forests. Easily accessible by public transportation, the basin provides hiking, biking and picnicking. Accessibility: Driving tour in sum...Learn More

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