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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Where to

Hike, Backpack & get gear

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 a… Learn More

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The Cast Off

3059 Chateau Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

The Cast Off is a secondhand store that benefits the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary. Come check out our selection of clothes, books, music, home furnishings and decor. With low prices and a great selection, you can feel good knowing your purchase helps health programs in the Mammoth Lakes region. Learn More

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Get Outdoors 365

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 kids’ sportswear. We also offer demos. Come and check out our wide variety of equipment! Learn More

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Second Chance Thrift Store

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

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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Mammoth Sports

Four Locations, One Great Experience
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-924-7057

Mammoth Mountain makes shopping for gear and gifts a breeze with a convenient Mammoth Sports locations at every base lodge and at June Mountain. If it’s offered on the mountain, you can be sure that you’re getting the latest styles and technology from the top brands in the industry. Mammoth… Learn More

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Mammoth Sports at the Adventure Center

10001 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-626-6684

Located at the base of the Bike Park, Mammoth Sports at the Adventure Center offers a huge variety of items for all your summer needs. Our mountain bike gear is the latest and will keep you performing your best. Our lifestyle gear and logo-wear will allow you to take the mountain… Learn More

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Kittredge Sports

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 and snowboard rentals and sales as well as a repair shop. We sell top-of-the-line clothing and accessories. Learn More

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Wave Rave Snowboard Shop

3203 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-2471

Since 1989, Wave Rave has been a mecca for snowboarding professionals and enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re in the market for a new board, a rental setup, or you just want to know the latest snow conditions in the Eastern Sierra, stop by Wave Rave to get stoked out by riders who… Learn More

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Sun & Ski Sports

3343 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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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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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