Mammoth Lakes is the cutest,
How To Get There
Mammoth is about a 5-hour drive from the Los Angeles/Orange County area. It’s the closest most legitimate mountain area for snow sports, like skiing and snowboarding, to LA, besides Tahoe (8hours away). Mammoth Lakes is up the 395 coming straight through the mountain pass.
Mammoth Summer Camping
There are lots of campgrounds to choose from, most of which are only open in the summer. I provide a more detailed list of campgrounds in my other Mammoth article. For the most part, I practice dispersed camping because it’s free and gets you deep in nature without as many people or amenities. I write about dispersed camping and the best locations in Mammoth in my post here. Below is a picture gallery of dispersed camping about 30 minutes outside of Mammoth Lakes town off the 395 in the hot springs glacier basin. This is the best camping I have found in all of California. Even in the Summer Mammoth is at high elevation in the mountains and gets pretty cold at night. You still need a lot of layers and the right gear to stay safe on the trail, in the elements, and camping.
Mammoth Summer Hot Springs
Deep in the dirt backroads outside of Mammoth, encircled by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Inyo National Forest, are the best hot springs in California. They are beautiful hot tubs to soak in gazing upon the mountain glory. T
The photo gallery below shows mostly Hilltop Tub hot springs outside of Mammoth in the glacier basin. The best times to hit the springs are early in the morning for sunrise or late at night. These are the least crowded times. The springs are also essentially empty during the summer because of the heat which makes them a nice place to come and soak all by yourself or with your group. They are packed in winter and harder to find a good time when they aren’t overcrowded, especially at the smaller tubs. The springs prime time is definitely during the summer later at night when it still gets down to the high 30’s. Then the warm water feels great.
Mammoth Summer Hikes
This is a hike that is close outside of downtown Mammoth but gets you into great mountain views and several gorgeous lakes in the forest. It’s an easy 3 miler with relatively low elevation. The trail is filled with aspen trees and old pines. The hike is a perfect summer trail because of the
Miles: 3 miles
When: Summer and Fall
Convict Lake is a gorgeous short and easy