Mam­moth Lakes

Play at the top of Cal­i­for­nia

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS - BY BILL FINK

TWO HOURS NORTH of Mount Whit­ney, the Con­ti­nen­tal United States’ high­est point, and only 45 min­utes from Yosemite’s east en­trance, the Mam­moth Lakes re­gion is an epi­cen­ter for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year.

Sum­mer Fun

Up in the hills and mead­ows of the Eastern Sierra moun­tain range, hik­ers and bik­ers can ex­plore the ex­ten­sive Mam­moth Lakes Trail Sys­tem, whether it be for rugged multi-day ad­ven­tures or a gen­tle walk through a park. Golfers en­joy ex­tra-long drives in the high el­e­va­tions of Sierra Star and Snowcreek Golf Courses. The Mam­moth Lakes area is well known for fish­ing, so much so, that many lo­cal mo­tels fea­ture fish-clean­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Fly fish­ing in streams, and lure-based fish­ing in lakes (in­clud­ing Con­vict, Crow­ley and sev­eral lakes in Mam­moth Lakes Basin) gives every­one a chance to try their spe­cialty or pick up a new skill. The full “grand slam” of trout—rain­bow, brook, brown and golden— await your ar­rival. Or you can skip the fish­ing, and sim­ply pad­dle a kayak, ca­noe or stand-up pad­dle board through the lakes and take in the scenery, or even try out a float­ing his­tor­i­cal tour of Mono Lake. Ex­plore the won­ders of ge­ol­ogy at Devils Post­pile Na­tional Mon­u­ment and gaze at its tow­er­ing basalt col­umns, then cool off in the spray of the hun­dred-foot-tall Rain­bow Falls just down­stream. Sum­mer is also fes­ti­val time, the cal­en­dar filled with mu­sic events and food and drink gath­er­ings, in­clud­ing the com­bi­na­tion of “blues and brews” for Mam­moth’s Fes­ti­val of Beers and Blue­sapalooza each Au­gust.

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