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A Local's Guide to Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

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From towering granite monoliths to sweeping ridgelines and alpine lakes, Mammoth is a playground for outdoors adventurers. The town is located at 8,000 feet in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and is surrounded by wilderness land. There is no shortage of things to do, spots to eat and drink, or places to relax after all that adventuring round.
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Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Crystal Crag is a giant rock monolith situated in front of the Mammoth Crest. Nestled behind the crag is its namesake lake. Take the trail from the Lake George parking area up for 1.5 miles to get to Crystal Lake. The hike is relatively short, but...
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Horseshoe Lake, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The locals say that there is nearly one dog per person in Mammoth Lakes. Whether or not that’s true no one really knows, but the town and surrounding area is, in fact, a dog paradise. Horseshoe Lake is the unofficial "dog beach" and the most...
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9000 Minaret Rd #200, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The Eastern Sierra is a mecca for rock climbing, though most traveling climbers head to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, or the Owens River Gorge near Bishop. It’s easy to overlook Mammoth as a climbing destination, but both novice and...
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Not only is Hot Creek the premier fly-fishing destination in the Eastern Sierra, but it is also situated in a spectacular landscape. Natural mineral springs bubble up in the creek creating nutrient-rich water and the ideal habitat for bugs, which...
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A summer trip to Mammoth is not complete without getting on the water at one of the lakes in the basin. Two marinas on Lake Mary offer canoe, kayak, and fishing boat rentals. Plan for more time than you think you’ll need and don’t forget to pack a...
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There are a number of trails in the Mammoth area, but none of them are as iconic as the Mammoth Rock Trail. Lace up your running shoes and start climbing; the trail ascends nearly 500 feet in 2.6 miles. Views of the town and Mammoth Rock, a...
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After all of your Mammoth outdoor adventures, your body will inevitably be tired. Mammoth Lakes is situated on the edge of an active volcano, which means one thing—hot springs. Water is heated in magma chambers deep below the earth’s surface and...
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Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The newly constructed Lakes Basin Bike Path starts near the Village at Mammoth on Lake Mary Road, climbs five miles, and ascends more than 1,000 vertical feet to Horseshoe Lake. The paved path is a great place to test your fitness on a bike,...
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Devils Postpile Access Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
For geology enthusiasts like me, there is no better landmark near Mammoth Lakes than Devil’s Postpile National Monument. The tall basalt columns were formed less than 100,000 years ago when the lava cooled after a volcanic eruption. Stress cracks...
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The San Joaquin River plunges more than 100-feet over volcanic cliffs creating a spectacular waterfall. When the sun is shinning just right, the mist from the waterfall creates a stunning rainbow. Rainbow Falls is located in the Red's Meadow...
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South Tufa Area, California 93541, USA
The tufas at Mono Lake, thirty minutes north of Mammoth, are a spectacular sight. The first time I visited the South Tufa area, I was sure that I was walking on the moon. When calcium-rich water comes into contact with carbonate-filled lake water,...
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10001 Minaret Rd #2110, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
More than eighty miles of singletrack mountain bike trails descend from Mammoth Mountain. Extreme mountain bikers can challenge themselves on black-diamond trails like the iconic Kamikaze downhill, but there are also a number of intermediate and...
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Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Mammoth Mountain is California’s highest ski resort, but the 11,053-foot summit isn’t just about bragging rights. The high elevation means colder temperatures, which usually means more snow. The California ski resort was not developed...
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163 Twin Lakes Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The Mammoth Lakes Basin proves to be just as spectacular in the winter as in the summer, though it’s covered in snow. To best explore the area, head up to the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. More than 19 miles of groomed cross-country ski...
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6080 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Brothers Robert and Kirk Schaubmayer followed their dream by opening a wine bar and bistro in their hometown of Mammoth Lakes. The restaurant is named in their mother’s honor. The Schaubmayers describe Petra’s Wine Bar and Bistro as “relaxed...
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6201 Minaret Rd #240, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Sharing appetizers like the housemade salumi board or the grand tasting of cheese with friends is the way to go at Campo. The rustic Italian restaurant in the Village at Mammoth offers a selection of handmade pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan-style...
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6085 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Toomey’s is one of the better casual dining options in Mammoth and is conveniently located in the Village on Minaret Boulevard. Chef Matt Toomey is a baseball fan, so you can most likely catch the game at the restaurant and check out his...
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437 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Hiking or skiing to the tune of “pizza and beer and chicken wings”? Giovanni’s specialty pizzas served on your choice of crust are arguably the best pies in the Eastern Sierra. Favorites include the signature Gio (artichoke hearts, tomato, and...
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106 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A good meal at home without cooking is nearly impossible, but now you can fill up your refrigerator with gourmet food from Bleu Handcrafted Foods. House-cured meats, duck confit, and a selection of artisan cheeses are mostly ready to eat or...
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3280 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
If you’re heading out on an adventure, grab a pre-made breakfast burrito and a cuppa to-go at Stellar Brew and Natural Café. Or enjoy the outdoor patio for a casual lunch. Local photography, art, and handmade jewelry are regularly on display....
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271 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The upstairs dining area at Roberto’s Mexican Café reminds you that you are, in fact, in the mountains; the views are big and so are the burritos. Try a “skinny” margarita and the fish tacos for a lighter meal, or go all in and order the grande...
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3325 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
With its climbing and outdoor inspired wall décor, Base Camp Café is a comfortable setting for a good meal. The restaurant has always been a local favorite for its breakfast and lunch served daily. Occasionally, Base Camp is also open for dinner...
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50 Hillside Dr, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
On any given night at the Whitebark Bar and Lounge customers sip on martinis and champagne under a canopy of rocks. The restaurant was designed with the natural landscape that surrounds Mammoth as its inspiration. With the hanging river rocks,...
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6080 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
With 26 beers on tap from around the world, more in the bottle, and a selection of more than 160 whiskeys, Clocktower Cellar is a gathering place for beverage aficionados. The bar is located near the Village at the Alpenhof Lodge; it's a favorite...
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3343 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Locally roasted organic, Rainforest Alliance, and fair-trade coffee is brewed by the cup pour-over style at Black Velvet Coffee. The modern decor, bright natural lighting, and coffee aromas are inviting; this is the kind of place that...
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6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
You can party island-style, even in Mammoth, at Lakanuki in the Village. The tiki bar and restaurant is family-friendly early in the evening, but later it becomes the hotspot for late night partying and dancing. A full menu of tiki drinks is...
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18 Lake Mary Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A quality beer is all about the water, and in Mammoth there is no shortage of it. Mammoth Brewing Company distributes its beer to a number of stores in town and can be found on draught at most restaurants. But for the full experience, you’ll want...
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100 Canyon Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A tequila tasting flight served at 8,000 feet is sure to hit the spot after a day of skiing or mountain biking or maybe even for breakfast. Offering 400 tequilas and the trademark Mammoth Margarita, Gomez’s Restaurant and Tequileria easily has the...
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6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Mountain apparel that’s fit for the backcountry or the slopes can be found at the Alpine Approach in the Village and its sister store, Mammoth Mountaineering Supply on Main Street. Both feature clothing from Patagonia, the North Face, Ice Breaker,...
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3203 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The largest selection of snowboard equipment can be found at Wave Rave Snowboard shop on Main Street. Featuring gear and apparel from Burton, Arbor, Lib Tech, Jones Snowboards, and more. 3203 Main St., 1.866.3BOARDS.
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3043 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A ski shop in winter, bike shop in the summer, and a year-round apparel store, Footloose Sports is one of the premier outdoor stores in Mammoth. A staff of well-trained and knowledgeable mechanics will tune your bike or skis overnight and help you...
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6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
ChaTo in the Village is an upscale and trendy men's and women's boutique that offers an extensive selection of name brands and accessories, carefully curated by the proprietors. 6201 Minaret Rd., (760) 934-9719.
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3343 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
The Mammoth Luxury Outlets mall isn’t big, but there are a few great shops. The ladies will love the deals on handbags, wallets, and other leather products at the Coach outlet. A few doors down is a Bass store with shoes and apparel for both men...