Snowshoeing Just Outside of Mammoth Lakes

Sep 06, 2022

Travel just outside Mammoth Lakes for even more snowshoeing adventures.

No services are available at the trailheads outside of Mammoth Lakes, so be sure to rent snowshoes from a local shop in town or bring your own and pack food for the trip.

Snowshoeing at Inyo Craters

A winter visit to Inyo Craters is an excellent trip just outside of town. Not only is the area a scenic snowshoeing destination, but it’s also a great place to learn about the volcanic history of the area.

Trail Information

From the parking area, follow the trail markers. An easy trek brings you through an old-growth Jeffrey pine forest to the rim trailhead, where it’s a short but somewhat steep climb to the craters. Do not attempt to descend into the craters.

Be on the lookout for snowmobiles, as the trails in this area are used for multiple sports.

Getting There

Drive along the Mammoth Scenic Loop off Hwy. 203. Take the turn-off to the left when you see the sign for Inyo Craters.

Where to Rent Snowshoes in Mammoth Lakes

If you need equipment for your snowshoeing adventure, you can rent snowshoes from these local retailers:

Dakota Snider

A professional photographer for 10+ years, including four years shooting in Yosemite National Park, Dakota now works as the Sr. Manager of Marketing & Events for Visit Mammoth. When he's not adventuring with a camera in hand, which is rare, Dakota enjoys time spent with friends exploring the Sierra on foot or skis.

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