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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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

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

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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Hot Creek Hatchery Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666

Accessibility: .4 mile (.64 km) round-trip walk on a steep, paved,dirt path. Directions: Take US 395 south, turn left towards Mammoth Yosemite Airport, take 2nd right and follow the signs 3 miles (4.8 km) on unpaved, maintained road. Parking lot will be on your left.

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