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Life in Mammoth is unique. Playing, staying and living in California's Eastern Sierra is different than any other experience in the world. Those of us who live here love it. Come on up and do what you love!


What sets Mammoth Mountain apart is an 11,053 foot summit and over 3,500 acres of skiable terrain that includes heart-pumping steep chutes, wide open bowls, tree skiing, bumps, gullies, and wide open, well groomed trails. An average of over 400 inches of snow is caused by weather patterns from the Pacific that form over the Sierra. Mammoth Mountain is traditionally among the first ski areas to open and sometimes operates as late as the Fourth of July.

Winter Sporting Good Stores and Rentals

Mammoth is known as one of the world's best resorts for spring skiing, sometimes staying open until July 4th. By late April the ski area is less expensive, uncrowded, and provides for a perfect day of mid-morning skiing followed by a game of golf, fishing or mountain biking.

Snowmaking: 477 acres/193 hectares, covering 48 trails - 33%
Number of lifts - 28 2 six-pack, 10 quads
(9 high-speed detachable), 7 triples, 4 doubles, 3 gondolas and 2 surface lifts (2 pomas).
Number of Trails: 150 named trails
Uphill Capacity: 50,000 riders per hour
Longest Run: 3 miles
Terrain: 15% expert, 20% advanced, 40% intermediate, 25% beginner

4 day lodges, 10 sport shops, 9 rental/repair shops, 1 on-hill snack bar, 3 food courts/cafeterias, ski and snowboard school, race department, lockers, hotel and condominium accommodations, 5 restaurants, 7 bars, child care and game room. For more information call Mammoth Mountain Ski Area - 800-626-6684 (800-Mammoth) or 760-934-2571.

Taking a lesson from one of Mammoth Mountain's outstanding team of professional AASI/PSIA certified instructors will create a lifelong skier and/or rider out of you. After a day on the slopes with us, your skiing and riding will certainly improve and you will know what we know - that the better you get, the more fun you have.

The thousands of acres of epic terrain are keeping it fun everywhere on the mountain!


Are you ready to earn your turns? Are you an advanced or expert skier / rider? Do you have avalanche training, beacons, probes and shovels? If so, then Mammoth Lakes has some of the best and most easily accessible backcountry available. Mammoth Lakes is also blessed with deep winter snows and long cool springs, which helps preserve the mountain snowpack and provides some of the nicest backcountry conditions in the West. There is nothing quite like the untouched wilds for pure freedom, and Mammoth Lakes offers countless acres of freedom in the form of untracked powder. Backcountry skiing and snowboarding can be a safe and enjoyable way to experience clean air, pristine snow, and amazing sights. Discover the world beyond lift lines and groomed slopes.

Vertical height is the difference between hiking and climbing. Mountain climbing is ice faces, ridges, rocks crags, rock faces, and lakes, icefalls and glaciers. Rock climbers move into winter terrain to try their hand at snow or mixed climbing and winter mountaineering. The winter environment presents a whole new bag of sights and experiences. You also need many new skills and equipment to cope with the varying conditions.

Go Ice Climbing with Master Ice Climbing Guides in California's famed Lee Vining Canyon. Sierra Rock Climbing School offers full day private guided Ice Climbing and two day or four day Ice Climbing courses. Rock climbing instruction, lessons, courses and classes also available. Small group programs available for school groups, corporate groups, scout groups and other groups. Open year round. Please call for small group pricing toll free at 877-686-7625.

Weather in mountainous terrain is very unpredictable. In winter, storms are frequent and whiteouts are common year round. Mountaintops or summits because they attract clouds can be stormy, while the rest of the area is warm and sunny. Always be prepared!

Anywhere where snow accumulates on slopes may well be an avalanche risk, and as a backcountry skier, slopes where snow accumulates are just the sorts of places you're likely to be. Avalanches can occur anytime of the year. All skiers, boarders and mountaineers should learn to reconize signs of possible avalanche. All parties attempting a winter backcountry outing should be eperienced in winter mountaineering, avalanche forecasting and rescue. Obtain a current weather forecast before going out. Turn back if weather conditions deteriorate. Also check with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center by calling 760-924-7746. There are things to consider before venturing out. Are you mentally and physically fit? Is your equipment in top-notch condition? Did you contact the Inyo National Forest office? If not, call them at 760-924-5500.


Discover sightseeing in the Mammoth Lakes area. Yosemite National Park, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument, Hot Creek and Rainbow Falls are unsurpassed in their scenic, historic and geologic wonder.

Devils Postpile National Monument:
The formation of Devils Postpile began when basalt lava erupted in the valley of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. As lava flowed from the vent, it filled the valley near the Postpile to a depth of 400 feet. Recent radiometric dating of rocks thought to correlate with basalt of Devils Postpile suggest an age of less than 100,000 years.Approximately 10,000 years ago, glaciers flowed down the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. This moving ice easily overrode the fractured mass of lava and quarried away one side of the Postpile, exposing a sheer wall of columns 60 feet high.

Many fallen columns now lie fragmented on the talus slope below. A hike to the top of the Postpile reveals not only a cross section of the posts, but the most interesting effect of the ice - polished tops on the basalt columns. Here, the column ends are exposed like a tiled floor and exhibit parallel striations where the glacier dragged rocks across them. Rainbow Falls:
Two miles downstream from Devils Postpile, the San Joaquin River tumbles over an abrupt 101-foot drop, sending rainbows of color into the mist. After the easy, 1.5 mile walk to Rainbow Falls from the Red's Meadow area, the roar of the falls and the refreshing mists invite you to stay awhile and enjoy a picnic lunch. Be sure to bring your camera-midday, when the sun is highest, is the best time capture rainbows in the mist.
The Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls / or Reds Meadow is located 10 miles past Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Main Lodge, on Hwy. 203. A mandatory shuttle bus is required during the busy summer months and is available at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge area.

Mono Lake:
This inland sea is known for its bird population, scenic value and delicate tufa formations. The lake is located off U.S. 395, 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes. The Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve offers interpretive tours of the shoreline, nature walks, slide shows and other activities.


One of the exciting things about visiting your National Forests is the opportunity to view wildlife. The key thing to remember is that all animals in the wild are just that, WILD . Though some animals may appear friendly and tame, all wildlife can be unpredictable and even the cutest little squirrel can bite you. Never feed animals! It's not good for them and can put you in harms way.

Of all the forest animals you are likely to see, the black bear is probably the most exciting. Black bears can be brown, blonde, cinnamon or black. Bears are omnivores (they eat everything), but their diet is 80 to 90 percent vegetation. Bears consider odorous products to be food (like toothpaste and suntan oil), and they can recognize food and food containers by sight and smell. Feeding bears, while potentially hazardous to people, is also detrimental to bears. In their search for food, bears can become aggressive towards people. Eventually, the "problem" bear may have to be destroyed. A fed bear is a dead bear.

The yellow-bellied marmot is the largest member of the squirrel family. Marmots can be found from the alpine zone down to approximately 7,000 feet and tend to live among rock slides and ledges instead of in dirt burrows, like their cousin, the groundhog. They eat flowers, grass and other green foliage. Marmots hibernate during the winter so they must gain all their weight during the short summer growing season or they can die of starvation while hibernating. Marmots often can be seen at high-elevation meadows, lying on top of boulders, basking in the warm summer sun.

Mountain Lions:
The mountain lion is one of North America's largest cats, averaging 7-8 feet long. Lions are solitary creatures that prey upon large animals such as mule deer, elk and bighorn sheep but survive on small animals as well. California's mountain lion population is estimated at 4,000-6,000.
As with any wild animal, hikers and visitors should use caution while exploring trails and surrounding areas. While it is actually rare to see a mountain lion in the Sierra, sightings and encounters occur every year and should be reported immediately to local authorities.

Mule Deer:
Mule deer are characteristic to the Sierra Nevada and are usually a dark gray-brown, with a small white rump patch and a small, black-tipped tail. Mule deer migrate to higher elevations in spring and summer, and to lower ranges in fall and winter. Motorist should take caution, as mule deer are plentiful in the Sierras and often venture onto roadways.

Tule Elk:
The smallest of North America's elk, the tule elk is included on the endangered species list. Weighing up to 700 pounds, elk bulls and cows have reddish summer coats with darker head and legs and can stand 4-5 feet tall. Only males have antlers, which are grown in the spring and shed each year after mating season. Gold prospectors almost wiped out the tule elk in the 1840's, but its numbers have now increased to over 900, mainly because of three reserves in California's chaparral region. Tule elk can be spotted at lower elevations along the Owens River, near Big Pine and Bishop.

Wild Mustangs:
The American mustang is more accurately termed the "feral horse". Feral horses are those whose ancestors were domestic horses that were freed or escaped form early explorers, native tribes, ranches, cavalry, and etc. to become free-roaming herds all across the United States. Currently, there is only an estimated 42,000 mustangs still free roaming on public lands in the Western United States. Locally, wild mustangs roam the open valleys of California's Eastern Sierra and Nevada.

Bighorn Sheep:
The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are a unique form of bighorn found only in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. These short, stocky animals live in some of the most remote and rugged regions of the Eastern Sierra. Sierra Nevada bighorn are rarer than the Florida panther or the California condor. They are clearly one of the most endangered mammals of North America. Mountain lions, humans and domestic sheep introduced into their mountain range are thought to be the primary causes for their rapid decline. To date, it is estimated that only about 170 adults are living in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Bighorn sheep have been spotted locally at Rock Creek Canyon and along Tioga Pass road west of Lee Vining.

Over 300 species of birds call the Sierra Nevada home. Valley floors, alpine forest, streams and mountain lakes are all host to abundant wildlife and ideal for birding. Be sure to stop by the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for local tips and list of recent sightings.

The chickaree of Douglas squirrel lives in the dense, higher elevation forest of Mono County. This reddish-gray or brownish-gray squirrel makes its home in the canopies of trees and is one of the noisier squirrels with a large selection of calls and trills. Look for chickarees stockpiling conifer cones at the base of trees for the upcoming winter, as the chickarees do not hibernate during winter months.

The coyote is a member of the dog family and is native to California. It is similar in size and shape to a medium-sized domestic dog, but its tail is round and bushy. Coyotes found in the mountains can weigh up to 50 pounds and have thicker, silkier fur than their desert counterparts. Coyotes are very adaptive, exist on a varied diet and can be found in both wild and, occasionally, suburban areas. They survive on small rodents, fruits and vegetation. Coyotes are not your average dogs - they are not to be messed with. They are smart, and they learn quickly. Coyotes can be dangerous and should never be fed or approached by humans.

Pine Marten:
Pine martens are small, rare members of the weasel family. Their fur is soft and thick, varying in color from pale buff or yellow to reddish or dark brown, and they have long, bushy tails. The animals' throats are pale buff; their tails and legs are black. Mostly active at night, pine martens are excellent climbers and will pursue prey, such as red squirrels or chipmunks, up a tree and may climb trees to avoid danger. They're solitary but curious animals. In winter, long hairs grow between the toe pads on pine martens' feet to deep the feet warm and enable them to travel on snow.


Festivals in Mammoth Lakes are truly majestic in the pristine surroundings of the Sierra Nevada. Mammoth Lakes hosts music festivals and concerts for everyone's listening enjoyment.

Mammoth Lakes has many Art & Craft festivals throughout the year featuring music, quality, hand crafted work, art and photography. During the Mammoth Festival (Wine, Music and Food) you can enjoy the culinary delights from some of Mammoth Lakes' finest restaurants, sample wine from California's most noted wineries and listen to music while viewing fine arts and crafts. August brings the Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts Festival with Kittredge Sports hosting over thirty fine artists. The Labor Day Festival of the Arts features local and visiting artists selling one-of-a-kind items like jewelry, pottery, paintings, glass, photographs and more.

Museums and historical sites in the Mammoth Lakes area pay tribute to life in the Old West and share the area's cultural heritage. Vestiges of the old gold-mining days are present at several locations in Mammoth Lakes.

The Hayden Cabin, located on the grassy banks of Mammoth Creek, offers a peek into a historic log cabin featuring mining implements and displays, photographs and intriguing memorabilia from the area's early decades.

Bodie Ghost Town is the largest unrestored ghost town in the West. Bodie features weathered buildings, a museum and a visitor center.
Spend a November evening with the Sierra Classic Theatre's Murder Mystery Dinner, or browse the many art galleries.

Summer also brings jazz in July with the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, August brings blues with the Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, classical music with the Sierra Summer Festival, the Mammoth Festival , chamber music with the Mammoth Music Festival and the Felici Piano Trio presented by Chamber Music Unbound and Mammoth Rocks / Taste of the Sierra.

Holiday time welcomes the Night of Lights, Christmas celebration concerts, Village at Mammoth Tree Lighting and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Holiday Tree Lighting.

Whatever type of arts and culture you enjoy, Mammoth Lakes offers some of the best!

Big Woolly Mammoth Tattoo & Art Gallery - 760-709-0202
Blue Bird Imaging - 760-924-0316
Bodie State Park - 760-647-6445
Cerro Coso Community College - 760-934-2875
Mammoth Gallery - 760-934-4911 / 760-934-6120
Mammoth Lakes Arts Center - 760-934-1900
Mammoth Lakes Foundation - 760-934-3781
Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre - 760-934-6592
Mammoth Museum/Hayden Cabin - 760-934-6918 Summer months only
Minaret Cinemas - 760-934-3131
Mono Council for the Arts - 760-873-7242
Mono Council for the Arts Gallery - 760-937-1810
Paisley Fine Art & Framing - 760-924-2400
Sierra Classic Theatre
The Gallery at Twin Lakes - 760-924-7300 Summer months only
Chamber Music Unbound - 760 934 7015


Journey along Highway 395 with the Paiute Indians as they share legends of long ago. Listen as the era of prospectors, mining camps and mule teams comes to life, and go back in time to discover how a Slim Princes found her way into the Eastern Sierra. This fascinating 395 Roadside Heritage CD is available to download online at .

Yosemite National Park / Tioga Pass - Full Day
A spectacular day trip, Yosemite National Park with the famous Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, Half Dome, El Capitan, the beautiful waterfalls of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Only a 45 minute drive to the eastern gate (closed in the winter months). Take U.S. 395 north from Mammoth Lakes about 30 miles to Hwy. 120 West. Wind your way up Lee Vining Canyon to Tioga Pass (10,000 ft.). This is the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park . Entrance fee required.
A point of interest, located at the Mobile Gas Station, right off of U.S. 395 on Hwy 120 is the Whoa Nellie Deli. An unlikely setting for delicious cuisine overlooking beautiful Mono Lake.

Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake & June Lake Loop: Full Day

Bodie State Historic Park:
Bodie Ghost Town is the largest unrestored ghost town in the West. Bodie produced gold and silver from 1877 to 1888 and the town grew to 10,000 residents. Once notorious as the wildest town in the West - with its saloons, bordellos, gambling houses and opium dens - the town is now preserved as a California State Historic Park with weathered buildings, a museum, mine tours and a visitor center. Located 1 hour 15 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes on U.S. 395 turn right on Hwy 270, a partially paved, well maintained road 13 miles to the Bodie entrance. Admission fee required per car. Don't forget your camera, sunscreen and water.

Mono Lake : Mono Lake is a majestic body of salt water covering 60 square miles. It is an ancient lake over 700,000 years old and is 2 1/2 times saltier as seawater. Mono Lake sustains a unique biosphere where tiny brine shrimp and alkali flies provide food for millions of migrating birds. Mono Lake is also home to the unique tufa towers that have formed in the lake, making the landscape truly fascinating. The perfect way to learn about this fragile habitat is through the interactive displays at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center, just just 20 miles south of Bodie, on U.S. 395 in the town of Lee Vining.

June Lake Loop :The June Lake Loop drive is approximately 15 miles of dramatic Sierra peaks, alpine scenery with a chain of gorgeous lakes, Grant Lake, Silver Lake, Gull Lake & June Lake, all nestled in a steep horseshoe-shaped canyon. There is fishing, hiking, boating, horseback riding, camping, stores, restaurants and the Double Eagle Resort and Spa which is world class.The scenic loop begins 10 miles south of Mono Lake, off of U.S. 395. The road rejoins U.S. 395 as you head back to Mammoth Lakes.

Attractions in the Town of
Mammoth Lakes: Half to Full Day

California Welcome Center Mammoth Lakes:
Learn about the sightseeing points of interest and natural history of the area through brochures, books and speaking first hand with a Forest Service Ranger, National Parks Ranger or a Mammoth Lakes Tourism Information Agent. The Welcome Center offers interpretive displays and programs and a bookstore teeming with area information, books and souvenirs provided by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association. Open everyday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day).

Mammoth Lakes Basin: Glacier-carved lakes form the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George and Horseshoe Lake are nestled below jagged peaks and pine forest. Easily acceccible by car, the lakes are a favorite spot for picnics, day hikes, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. Take Main Street - Lake Mary Road just 3 miles, ten minutes drive from the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Total driving tour will take 30 to 45 minutes.

Reds Meadow Valley/Ansel Adams Wilderness Area: Half to Full Day
There is a mandatory shuttle and fee required into the Reds Meadow Valley. Pick up the shuttle at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center. The 32 year old shuttle system is in place to allow the Valley to recover from the intense use it received in the 1970's and it has protected the area from additional degradation that would result from the high numbers of visitors and limited parking. In addition, the steep and narrow access road into the Valley would become a major traffic safety hazard during peak times of visitation without the shuttle. To support the shuttle the fee is charged. For more information call the California Welcome Center Mammoth Lakes at 760-924-5500.

Devils Postpile: Devils Postpile is a unique geologic feature, formed 100,000 years ago by an eruption of lava. The lava cooled uniformly, leaving surface cracks,resulting in six-sided basalt vertical columns. Devils Postpile is a short, easy half-mile hike from the trailhead. The National Parks Service offers interpretive tours, a ranger station, picnic area, restrooms and a campground.

Rainbow Falls: The San Joaquin River tumbles over an abrupt 101-foot lava ledge, sending rainbows of color into the mist. The best time to experience the rainbows is midday when the sun is the highest. You can walk another 3 miles past Devils Postpile to the Rainbow Falls trailhead. From there it is another 1.25 mile moderate hike from the Rainbow Falls trailhead to view the falls.

Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station : Reds Meadow Resort has cabins, motel rooms, a general store and the Mule House Café. Resort services include backcountry supply package delivery, showers, summer entertainment, BBQ's and wagon rides. Reds Meadow Pack Station offers guided hour long, half day, full-day horseback rides. Custom multi-day, week-long and full-service pack trips are also available. Advance reservations required. Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station is located 1 mile past the Rainbow Falls trailhead. For more information call The Reds Meadow Resort & Pack Station 760-934-2345.

Mammoth Mountain - Half Day
Take a gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain to an elevation of 11,053 feet! There you will have spectacular panoramic views of over 400 miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Explore the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center with interactive displays on the area's geology, hydrology and volcanic history. Grab a bite at the Top of the Sierra Café before you ride or hike the several trails on Mammoth Mountain. The gondola ride is only a 15 minute ride from the Adventure Center at the base of the mountain. Dogs on a leash our welcome! Free maps are available at the Adventure Center. Fee required. For more information contact Mammoth Mountain at 800-626-6684.

Minaret Vista: Approximately 2 miles up from Mammoth Mountain is the Minaret Vista with breathtaking views of the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. The juttin spires of the Minarets with Mount Ritter (13,157 ft) and Banner Peak (12,945 ft), the two tallest peaks in the range. The Minaret Vista is a popular spot for stargazing and during the summer months there are "Star Parties". Restrooms and picnic areas are available.

Earthquake Fault: This sizeable fissure is not an earthquake fault caused by a single quake, but was formed during a series of strong quakes. A more appropriate name for this fracture would be "Earthquake Fissure". The fissure is up to 10 feet wide and 60 feet deep and cuts through volcanic rock, part of a glassy rhyolite lava flow from Mammoth Mountain , and formed by tectonic stresses in the earth's crust. The age of the fissure is unknown, but some of the trees growing in the fissure are 150 years old, indicating that the crack is at least that old. A short walking trail surrounds this natural phenomenon. Majestic red fir and Jeffrey pine trees make this a nice spot for a picnic. Restrooms are available. Closed in winter. Located off of Minaret Road from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area approximately 3 miles and 2 miles from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Southern Mono County - Half Day

Hot Creek Geologic Site: Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonder of bubbling hot springs, geysers and fumaroles (gas vents) creating colorful sulfur deposits and formations. The chamber of hot magma lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area. The brilliant pools are scalding hot and water temperatures can change rapidly, so entering and swimming in the water is prohibited . Restrooms are available.Located about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S. 395. Take Airport Road (east) past the airport turnoff. You will pass the Fish Hatchery and continue on a partially paved road about 3 miles to the parking area for Hot Creek. ½ mile easy hike down to Hot Creek.

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery: The warm springs of Hot Creek provide ideal temperatures for incubation of trout eggs. The Fish Hatchery is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for self guided tours. Available for interpretive tours by prior appointment. For more information call the Dept. of Fish and Game at 760-934-2664. Located about 6 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U. S. 395. Take Airport Road (east) past the airport turnoff. Look for the signs.

Convict Lake :Convict Lake is named after the result of an AMBUSH encounter on September 17, 1871, where a group of inmates escaped from prison in Carson City and Sheriff George Hightower eventually caught up with the convicts and a shoot out took place. Robert Morrison a Benton Merchant, Mono Jim and other posse members encountered the convicts on the present Convict Creek. In the encounter Morrison and Mono Jim were killed and the convicts escaped to be captured later in Round Valley. The towering peak above the lake was re-named Mt. Morrison and the smaller one below it Mono Jim. Convict Lakes is popular with camping and fishing. Take a two-mile hike around the lake with views of the rugged mountain scenery with sheer cliffs and the oldest rocks in the Sierra Nevada Range. The Restaurant at Convict Lake is widely recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the Eastern Sierra offering sumptuous continental cuisine, an award winning wine list and a martini bar. Located 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S. 395 turn west on Convict Lake Road.

Crowley Lake : Crowley Lake offers some of the most exciting trout fishing in California. Crowley Lake is a man made lake, 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. Crowley Lake is a large man made reservoir that supplies water and power to the City of Los Angeles. Although famous for trout fishing, Crowley Lake offers various other water sports, such as kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, kite surfing, and stand up paddle boarding. Crowley Lake Fish Camp , the only concession on the lake, is operated in cooperation with LADWP. All visitors, boats, campers, must access the lake through Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Crowley Lake Fish Camp offers a full service marina with 200-plus private slips, a fleet of 84 rental boats, rental cabins, full hook-up RV Sites, dry camping sites, a tackle shop and convenience store. Located 13 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of U.S 395. turn east on Crowley Lake Drive.

Points of interest to the south:

Mount Whitney : Mount Whitney stands at 14,505 feet and is the highest point in the contiguous United States. The west slope of the mountain is in Sequoia National Park, the summit is the south end of the John Muir Trail and the east slope is in the Inyo National Forest in Inyo County. Mt Whitney is above the tree line and has an alpine climate and ecology and very few plants grow near the summit. The peaks name comes from Josiah Whitney, the state geologist of California and benefactor of the California Geological Survey in July 1864. For more facts on Mt. Whitney visit
Trips going to Mt. Whitney have specific quotas and must be reserved. A valid overnight permit or day use permit is required year round.
Mt. Whitney is east of the town of Lone Pine along U.S. 395, (approximately 105 miles south of Mammoth Lakes) and is easily accessed by the Whitney Portal Trailhead which is approximately13 miles east of town.
For more information on Mt. Whitney and permits contact the Wilderness Information Line at 760-873-2485, the Reservation Line at 760-873-2483 or

Death Valley National Monument : Death Valley National Park has over three million acres of designated Wilderness and hundreds of miles of backcountry roads. The park contains an amazing variety of terrain, historic sites, plants and animals for outdoor adventurers to explore. Some of the highlights of Death Valley are Golden Canyon, Artist's Drive, Devil's Golf Course, Natural Bridge, Zabriskie Point, Dante's View, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Titus Canyon, Eureka Dunes, The Racetrack and Badwater, the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level.
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Museum is open daily. The visitor center is located in the Furnace Creek Resort area on California Highway 190. Contact them at 760-786-3200, The Death Valley Natural History Association sales outlets are located in the visitor centers and contact stations and have informational materials about the park. Lodging, camper stores, restaurants, dump stations, fuel and auto services are available in Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells Village, Panamint Springs and in the towns adjacent to the park.
Cell phones & GPS do not work in Death Valley! Do not depend on them. In some cases there is spotty reception, but dependence on a cell phone or GPS in an emergency situation can be fatal. Check with the Rangers for specific recommendations on travel safety. Located approximately 4 hours (214 miles) south of Mammoth Lakes, take U.S. 395 south to Olancha, you can take Hwy 190 into the park or continue south to Lone Pine and take Hwy 136 to Hwy 190 heading east into the park.
Badwater, 283 feet below sea level' is the lowest point in North America and it's only 80 aerial miles from Mt. Whitney. 214 miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes.

Manzanar : Internment camp during WWII for U.S. residents of Japanese descent . Discover the rich history in the Owens Valley. 95 miles south of Mammoth Lakes.




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