Sierra el­e­vates its sunny game

Los Angeles Times - - 101 - By Chris Ersk­ine chris. ersk­ine@ latimes. com Twit­ter:@ er­sk­ine­times

In­creas­ingly, the Sierra is pro­vid­ing a wider range of sum­mer at­trac­tions: bike trails, sushi bistros and gas­tro pubs. Here’s the 411 on sum­mer 2015:

Mam­moth Lakes

Although it’s bet­ter known as a ski re­sort, Mam­moth is be­com­ing a lead­ing moun­tain- bike des­ti­na­tion. Just about any­body, from be­gin­ners to ad­vanced riders, can hop on a bike and have a great time on 80 miles of trails. This sum­mer Mam­moth has up­graded the park, con­nect­ing two down­hill routes, Up­per Re­coil and Twi­light Zone. There’s also a new Bike Park Base­camp next to the Main Lodge for brews and snacks.

Info: ( 760) 934- 2571, www. mam­moth­moun­tain. com

A $ 2- mil­lion makeover has added some bounce at the Snowcreek Ath­letic Club. New floor­level tram­po­lines, un­veiled in Oc­to­ber, let snow­board­ers prac­tice tricks, with safety har­nesses and 20- foot ceil­ings. They are avail­able to board­ers of all skill lev­els. Mean­while, the health club’s new Bistro East Res­tau­rant serves up a rea­son­ably priced menu, in­clud­ing miso soup ($ 3.95), five- piece sashimi ( from $ 5.95) and spicy tuna roll ($ 4.95). The club and res­tau­rant are open to the public.

Info: ( 760) 934- 8511, www. snow creekath­let­ic­club. com

June Lake

June Moun­tain is open­ing to the public for sum­mer oper­a­tions. ( Last sum­mer, it was pri­vate events only.) The J1 chair will bring guests to the June Mead­ows Chalet sum­mer cafe. Hours are lim­ited, and some Satur­days are re­served for wed­dings, so check the web­site. But cer­tainly make note of one of the most beau­ti­ful view spots in the West.

Info: ( 888) 586- 3686, www. june moun­tain. com

Yosemite

The big news in Yosemite this sum­mer — and next — is the clos­ing of Mari­posa Grove. A two- year restora­tion pro­ject be­gins af­ter the July 4 week­end. The work in­cludes de­mol­ish­ing the park­ing lot in the cen­ter of the grove, which pre­vented wa­ter from reach­ing the roots of the an­cient Se­quoias. Tram tours in the area are also be­ing dis­con­tin­ued per­ma­nently. The park’s two other groves — Tuolumne and Merced — will re­main open. At the same time, the park will open the Badger Pass ski area for park­ing and shut­tle ser­vice to Glacier Point.

Info: ( 209) 372- 0200, www. lat. ms/ 1GhMHj9

Bishop

Look­ing to stretch your legs on the way to Mam­moth or Yosemite? Check out down­town Bishop’s pedes­trian- friendly stretch on War­ren Street, fea­tur­ing new light­ing, side­walks and back en­trances to busi­nesses along Main. The en­tire down­town now of­fers free Wi- Fi.

Info: ( 760) 873- 8405, www. bish­opvis­i­tor. com

This rus­tic fish­ing town is one of the most au­then­tic spots in Cal­i­for- nia. But even a retro Main Street can use a lit­tle en­ter­tain­ment. The Moun­tain Ram­bler Brew­ery, which opened in Novem­ber, of­fers live mu­sic with a ca­sual menu fea­tur­ing Thai meat­balls ($ 4), flat­bread piz­zas ($ 8) and burgers ($ 8$ 11). Of course, this brew house also has some inspired foamy cre­ations.

Info: 186. S. Main St., Bishop; ( 760) 920- 7544, www. moun­tain ram­bler­brew­ery. com

Bodie

Though now in ru­ins, the mines and mills of Bodie roared more than 70 years ago. See the rem­nants on a new four- hour guided driv­ing tour called Mines, Mills, Rails and Ru­ins. Bodie, a 45- minute drive north­east of Lee Vin­ing, is one of Ameri- ca’s largest and best- pre­served ghost towns. June 28, July 9 and 22, Aug. 5, 9 and 13. $ 40 a per­son.

Info: ( 760) 647- 6564, www. bodie foun­da­tion. org

Moun­tain bik­ers will race through Bodie and sur­round­ing hills in an inau­gu­ral race Aug. 22. The race, billed as the Bodie Bowl, will be­gin in Bodie State His­toric Park and of­fer two cour­ses: ex­pert/ sport and recre­ational. Both will be at 8,000 to 9,000 feet. Riders will en­joy views of the White Moun­tains, Mono Lake, Mam­moth Moun­tain and the Eastern Sierra.

Info: www. bod­iebowl. com

Peter Morn­ing Mam­moth Moun­tain

JUNE MEAD­OWS CHALET

sum­mer cafe is ac­ces­si­ble by chair­lift through the warm months.

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