For Memorial Day Weekend, we took a trip up to Mammoth Lakes. Even at the end of May, there were still some snow caps and the mountain was open for half days. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there was plenty to do around the area.
1. Gondola to Mammoth Mountain
At over 14,000 feet with some ridiculous drop offs for skiers, it’s pretty cool (and a little scary) to near to edges. But anything for a photo right?
Less snow means easier hiking. And there’s plenty of it!
3. Mammoth Brewing Company
With flights, Mammoth-made beer and corn hole overlooking a snowy mountain, how can you go wrong? Just keep in mind that 2 beers is more like 4 there. I may have forgotten the affect altitude has on alcohol tolerance…
4. Whitmore Hot Springs
About 20 minutes south of Mammoth is a really awesome place called Hot Creek. Scenic views? Check. Stunning winding creek? Check. Steaming geysers? Check!
5. Convict Lake
We only got to do a drive by of this lake but it was very visually pleasing. In case you’re curious how it got its name, it’s a story about inmates.
6. Twin Lakes
There are a couple places to check out at Twin Lakes – top of the waterfall, besides the waterfall, and on the bridges that look up to the waterfall. Any way you slice it, the waterfall is obviously the main feature and it’s a pretty great one.
7. Visit Yosemite
Yosemite National Park is only 45 miles north of Mammoth! If you have the time, I highly recommend taking a half day to go explore. See photos from our trip to the park.
BONUS: Enjoy the Ride
Depending on where you’re coming from, the drive can be a bit long. From Southern California, we took the 395 north and packed the truck full of my old cds (think Brittany Spears, Elvis Presley, Now 6-14, and Garden State Soundtrack) and tons of snacks. It’s actually a very unique drive full of lots of surprises, including fun mini hills that make for a great little roller coaster ride.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Mammoth? I’d love to hear!
4 thoughts on “7 Things to Do in Mammoth When It’s Not Ski Season”
Great post, love the photos Mammoth is better in the summer! Best keep secret in So Cal.
Agreed! It’s awesome up there and definitely worth the drive!
Wow, incredible pics! I have never been to Mammoth but have heard it’s amazing and this totally proves it!
Thank you! I’d definitely recommend taking a trip there – it’s totally beautiful with lots to do nearby.