SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL IN MAMMOTH LAKES
Springtime weather in Mammoth Lakes brings high temperatures in the 50s to mid-60s and overnight lows in the 20s and 30s, perfect for springtime skiing. In years with heavy spring snowfall, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area stays open until May or June. The Eastern Sierra’s spring offers one of the most spectacular settings for landscape and nature photography anywhere. The meadows and hill sides surrounding the area come alive with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers. Spring in the Eastern Sierra offers some of the best wildflower viewing and birding opportunities in the Western U.S. In the summer, Mammoth Lakes area weather is delightful with daytime highs in the 70s and 80s and nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s from June to September. Summer is a magical time in the mountains as visitors enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, bird watching, boating, fishing, golf, and horseback riding amid the spectacular beauty of this area Fall is a great time to experience the Mammoth area. You can do many of the same activities of summer, but without the crowds. Often lodging rates are cheaper and the FALL COLORS are magnificent. Mono County mountains and valleys offer vivid displays to rival Vermont in September & October when the leaves change color. Leaves display brilliant and intense colors. Aspens, willows and cottonwoods feature vibrant hues of orange, gold and red signaling the approach of winter. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Eastern Sierra fall weather can be very unpredictable and change quickly.
You can backpack from Mammoth to just about anywhere in the Sierras you could possibly want to go. Discover the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas. Enjoy lush alpine meadows, jagged granite skylines, and clear high country lakes. Permits are required. Pick one up at the Forest Service station in Mammoth Lakes. Backpacking Info Page
In the summer, the Mammoth area provides easy access for day hikers to interesting geological formations and spectacular Sierra scenery. Notice the hawks swooping, the grouse scuttling, the way the aroma of sage is released when you lightly brush against it. There are a LOT of places to day hike and walk in the Mammoth area. Employee Favorites – Day Hikes
Throughout the Eastern Sierra you can find just about any kind of fishing experience you are looking for. Whether you are on a family trip, are a serious fisherman, are fishing to relax or anything between, the Eastern Sierra offers many choices. From alpine lakes, to boulder hopping streams, to rivers meandering through treeless meadows, you will find it here. Fishing Report Fishing Guides
There are over 800 campsites available in the Mammoth Lakes area. Located in California’s beautiful Eastern Sierra, the Inyo National Forest offers campers clean air, crystal blue skies, mountain lakes and streams, challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and beautiful views.
Devils Postpile National Monument
Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. Devils Postpile is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. www.nps.gov/depo/