Hiking & Backpacking

NOTE: Most wilderness areas in the Inyo National Forest are 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.

Inspiration for Summer

Hiking & Backpacking in Mammoth Lakes

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Hiking & Backpacking in Mammoth Lakes

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Dave Turner Paragliding in the Eastern Sierra | Perennial 1.2 Visit Mammoth
Kurt Wedberg Ice Climbing in the Eastern Sierra | Perennial 1.1
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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Mammoth Lakes

Where to

Hike, Backpack & get gear

Brian’s Bicycles & Cross Country Skis

3059 Chateau Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-924-8566

In the summertime we carry a select line of bicycles including road and mountain, bikes for kids, and bikes for just cruising around town. We also carry a full line of equipment and gear, and offer full bike repairs. We no longer rent bikes. In the wintertime we are a… Learn More

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Pokonobe Resort and General Store

Lake Mary
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-2437

Pokonobe is a private venue located on the shores of Lake Mary. In addition to event space, there is also a full-service marina with boat rentals, as well as a General Store with fishing supplies, snacks, beverages and souvenirs. Pokonobe is open in the summer months only. Learn More

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Rick’s Sport Center

3241 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-3416

Rick’s Sport Center has been a destination for trout fishermen for almost 30 years. The store is family-owned and staffed by knowledgeable and passionate trout fishermen. Rick’s Sport Center carries all the leading brands of trout-fishing equipment and bait and is a full-service bait and tackle center. We are also a… Learn More

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Surefoot

6201 Minaret Road, The Village at Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-924-8333

The Surefoot Custom Ski Boot combines an ability-specific shell, custom liner and custom insole to deliver the ultimate in ski boot fit, enhancing performance and comfort. Our custom insoles are designed for skiing, biking, golfing and running footwear.   Learn More

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The Troutfitter

2987 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-637-6912

The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes is the largest fishing store and guide service in Mono County. It has nearly 4,000 sq ft of fishing gear for the spin and fly fisherman. We also offer free maps and advice for all local fishing spots from Bishop to Bridgeport. Our rental gear includes… Learn More

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Command Performance Fast Ski Sports

437 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-327-8754

Command Performance Fast Ski Sports is a family-owned and operated shop, featuring ski equipment sales and rentals along with expert tuning and repair service. Ski and snowboard rentals and retail. We also offer a kids-rent-free program, free hot wax and rental upgrades. We accept advanced rentals reservations. We offer a variety of ski and snowboard… Learn More

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Mountain Center in The Village

6201 Minaret Road, The Village at Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-626-6684

The Mountain Center at The Village provides rentals for all ages and levels, including demo packages. This is a great location to purchase tickets, sign-up for lessons and pick up your pre-purchased rentals. You’ll find us near the Dave McCoy statue. In the summer, we offer bike rentals and accessories. Learn More

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Second Chance Thrift Store

501 Old Mammoth Road, Minaret Village
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-924-2474

Everyone deserves a second chance. That goes for things, too. Better yet, things that can benefit people with special needs. The Second Chance Thrift Shop benefits Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. All proceeds support outdoor adventure, and the shop allows our students to get valuable work experience as well.  Learn More

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P3 Freeride Shop

3325 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-9500

At P3, we aim to help each customer have the best snowboard or skiing experience possible by offering exceptional service, products and rental gear. For ten years, we have been developing a knowledgeable staff with decades of snowboard and ski sales experience. We also have the most progressive snowboard and ski… Learn More

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Sun & Ski Sports

3343 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

323-513-0887

Sun & Ski Sports is a leading outdoor retailer specializing in equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories to enhance our customers’ active lifestyles. We feature a broad selection of products for year-round outdoor lifestyle activities including ski, bike, board, run, swim and surf, as well as ski and snowboard equipment and apparel… Learn More

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