Known for the majestic Mammoth Mountains and the lakes of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the Mammoth Lakes offer spectacular natural scenery and many geological wonders. It is a draw for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and landscape photographers.
While you may not want to do anything exciting in Mammoth Lakes, it is also a place where you can just enjoy the incredible beauty of the area. Around the city there are beautiful mountains, lakes and green valleys, and everywhere you look you find postcard motifs.
In this article, we’ve listed the best things to do in Mammoth Lakes: in the summer and off-season, in late spring and fall. At this time of year, the roads are usually open, the lakes are thawing and there are many activities available.
Fallsin Mammoth Lakes, California.
Enter Welcome to Mammoth Lakes
The Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center and Ranger Station is a good first stop on your trip to Mammoth Lakes. The center is located on Main Street in the city of Mammoth Lakes and is open year-round.
The center is operated by the Inyo National Forest, the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Service, the National Park Service and the East Sierra Interpretive Association.
At the center, you can look for informational materials such as books, brochures and maps, and view gift items. Staff are available to answer questions, suggest activities, and provide information on trail conditions and closure of areas or hazards.
The Visitor Center is also the place to go for nature permits, information on camping and renting bear boxes.
Visit Devils Postapple National Monument
Devils Postpile National Monument protects the breathtaking Devils Postpile formation and Rainbow Falls, as well as the beautiful scenery surrounding these two natural wonders. Exploring the Devil National Monument is one of the best things to do in Mammoth Lakes!
The Devil’s Formation consists of tall basalt columns formed by cooling lava about 80,000 to 100,000 years ago. Although the columns were once taller, some are still about 18 feet tall today. Others have broken and fallen.
The basalt columns of the Devils Postpile are hexagonal in shape. You can view the layout from the bottom and then, if you want, walk up and view the top of the columns. Very interesting to see this fine example of nature’s sculpture!
Devils Postpile National Monument is open to motorized traffic only a few months a year, usually between June and October. If it is open during your visit, don’t miss it!
Hike to Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls, also located in Devil’s Postpile National Monument in Red Meadow, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in California. The Middle Fork Falls of the San Joaquin River plunges 101 feet down from the top of the cliff.
Rainbow Falls takes its name from the rainbow that appears in splashes on sunny days. The waterfall is at its peak in early summer, but we also liked it when the flow was more moderate later in the year.
You can reach Rainbow Falls from Devil’s Build or the Rainbow Falls Trail or the John Muir and Pacific Ridge Trail. You can follow the river behind Rainbow Falls to see the smaller Rainbow Falls as well.
View on the minaret of Vista
Minaret Vista is a must-see on the way to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument. The view of the rugged Sierra Nevada from the observation deck is considered one of the most iconic in the Eastern Sierra.
The tops of the minarets are part of the knight’s chain. They form a ridge, a rocky crest separating two valleys, and are the hallmark of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Many minarets are so named, including the Clyde Minaret, the tallest spire.
You will also see Mount Ritter, the highest peak in the Ritter Range, and Mount Banner. Take a guided tour and read the explanatory panels to identify the different peaks and learn more about the mountain.
There is a parking lot on the observation deck. Visit the site on a clear, bright day to get the best photos. If you have the time, the Starkweather Trail, which starts at the ranger station and descends into the San Joaquin Valley, would be a nice hike for you.
Mammoth Mountain Gondola Tour for panoramic views
The gondola to Mammoth Mountain offers panoramic views, and at the top, at 11,053 feet above sea level, you’ll marvel at the sensational 360-degree view. You can go either way, or if you feel like walking, up and down.
At the summit, you can have lunch or a drink at the Eleven53 Café, pose for photos at the summit sign, and view informative exhibits showing different aspects of the Sierra. The geographic station offers a particularly nice view of the Mammoth Lakes basin.
Take a one-kilometre walk along the nature trail, where you can learn about local flora and fauna, see plants that flourish at higher altitudes and observe birds and wildlife.
Tickets for the gondola can be bought in advance. A maximum of 2 children (12 years and under) travel for free with each fare paying adult. It’s much cooler upstairs, even in the summer, so dress warmly.
Mammoth Mountains Hike
In addition to the easy Discovery Nature Trail, Mammoth Mountain has several moderate to strenuous hiking trails. You can take the gondola and get off, or take a ride in either direction!
- The Maine Lodge Trail begins at McCoy Station, halfway up Mammoth Mountain, and descends to Maine Lodge. It offers excellent views and is rated as moderately difficult. This walk is 3 km in each direction.
- The Stanton Trail is 3 miles in either direction and is considered moderately difficult. This trail leads from McCoy Station, halfway up Mammoth Mountain, to the Adventure Center below. The lower parts of the trail are covered with beautiful pine forests.
- The Mammoth Mountain Trail is 5 miles one way and is considered difficult. You will start at the trailhead behind the Eleven53 Interpretive Centre and walk down the mountain to the Main Lodge on the other side of Red Lake. There is a great view from the path!
- The Twin Lakes Trail is 3 miles in either direction and is rated as difficult. This is probably the most beautiful trail you can do on Mammoth Mountain. It connects the top of Mammoth Mountain to the Lakes Basin and offers beautiful views and great opportunities to observe flora and fauna.
Inyo Crater Tour.
Among the many unique geological features around Mammoth Lakes, the Inyo Craters are a fascinating exploration. The Inyo craters, formed by explosions some six hundred years ago, can be reached through the Jeffrey pine forest.
Two of the three craters have beautiful aquamarine pools at the bottom, created by melted snow and rainwater. The entire loop is about 1.6 miles long and offers views of the surrounding pine forest and mountains beyond.
If you like bird watching, don’t forget to bring your binoculars: You might see Steller’s jays, mountain chickens, woodpeckers and black-eyed junkos. Migrating waterbirds can be observed in the ponds.
The trail to the Inyo Craters Loop is at the end of the (somewhat rough) gravel road that branches off from the Mammoth Scenic Loop. Look out for the Inyo Craters sign ! There is parking along the way, as well as signs if you want to know more about the craters.
Enjoy Mammoth Village
Mammoth Village is a nice place to walk around, with shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as events. At night, when the lights are on, it’s a nice walk.
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Hughes Ice Cream offer treats. In the Mountain Center you can rent mountain bikes, and in the shop you can do your shopping.
Festivals and events are held in the village square. Music festivals, fireworks, and food and drink events take place throughout the year, so be sure to plan your visit!
Hot Creek Geological Site Wonders
A few miles east of the town of Mammoth Lakes is the Hot Creek geological area, a place of incredible beauty. You will see bubbling blue pools, fumaroles and erupting geysers, all in the shadow of majestic mountain peaks.
The Hot Creek geological area is one of the most famous photo locations in the Mammoth Lakes area, especially at sunrise. The place to cross is an open area at sunrise and sunset. Enjoy the view from the parking lot and walk along the sidewalk. It is forbidden to enter the water.
The Hot Creek geological site is accessible by a dirt road off US 395, south of Mammoth Lakes. The unpaved part of the road is just over 5 km long. A dirt road is generally considered passable by a standard sedan.
Admire the beauty of Convict Lake
Also south of the town of Mammoth Lakes is Outlaw Lake, a gem of an alpine lake with an interesting history and beautiful surroundings. In our opinion, Runaway Lake is one of the main attractions of Mammoth Lakes: Take the time to appreciate the quiet beauty!
According to legend, the lake is named after a group of convicts and a skirmish with a local commando took place here in 1871. Two members of the team were killed. Most of those convicted were imprisoned.
Outlaw Lake is a coveted spot for photographing sunrises. In the morning, the water is like glass, with beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountain peaks. Take a boat out on the lake, or walk along the shore, or go fishing. The autumn colors are beautiful here.
Convict Lake is very easy to reach: The paved road to the lake is just off Highway 395, and you can drive directly to the lake.
Enjoy a dip in the Wild Willie Hot Spring
The Eastern Sierra region is known for its many natural hot springs, and Wild Willie’s Hot Spring, a few miles east of Mammoth Lakes Village, is one of the most beautiful options. It’s also called Crowley’s Hot Spring.
There are two swimming pools on the property, one of which is shaped like a heart. Wild Willy has a boardwalk that leads to the water. The pools are shallow and usually range in temperature from 95 to 105 degrees.
The views are fantastic, but on the downside, the water can be murky at times, and watch out for insect bites! To avoid the crowds, visit Wild Willy’s Hot Spring early in the day and on weekdays.
Kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding
Mammoth Lakes has many lakes, giving you access to many water access options, from boating to canoeing, kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding. Five lakes of the Mammoth Lakes Basin are located in the city.
Twin Lakes is the lowest lake in the Mammoth Lakes basin, with a narrow pass marking the boundary between the two parts of the lake. Boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Twin Lakes General Store.
Mary Lake is the largest lake in the Mammoth Lakes basin. The lake is beautiful, with a nice view of the water. Boats and other water sports equipment, from pontoons to motor boats, kayaks, canoes and SUP platforms, can be rented at the marina. Lake Mara is the most widely used in the basin. So if you prefer peace and solitude, you should go to one of the other lakes.
Lake George is the highest lake in the Mammoth Lakes basin and can be reached by car. The view from Crystal Crag is spectacular. You can kayak or canoe on Lake George for a morning or afternoon of relaxation on the crystal clear waters, or take a paddle or motorboat. Rental options in Lake George are limited.
Horseshoe Lake has a beautiful beach where you can relax by the water or have a picnic. Motorboats are not allowed on Horseshoe Lake, but you can bring a canoe or kayak or SUP board to enjoy the water. There are coastal sections with carbon dioxide warnings: Pay attention to all warning signs.
Lake Mamie is small, beautiful and quiet, perfect for boating. The views from the water are breathtaking and wildlife can be seen along the coastline. Boats can be rented at Wildery Lodge. You can also bring your own kayak or canoe, or swim.
Let’s go fishing.
With so many alpine lakes, reservoirs, streams and rivers, Mammoth Lakes is the eastern mecca for trout fishing. We are not an angler, but we have seen many anglers on the lakes during our visits. You can fish from the shore, by boat or with a float.
Horseshoe Lake is the only lake in the Mammoth Lakes watershed that is not suitable for fishing. The other six (Gemini, Mary, Mamie, George, Prisoner and Crawley) are popular fishing spots. You can catch rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and golden trout.
You will find supply shops on many lakes and boat rental shops on some lakes. Backcountry fishing is also popular if you want to combine fishing and exploring. And wherever you go fishing, the scenery is spectacular!
Hike to Crystal Lake
The Crystal Lake Trail is perhaps the most popular hiking trail in Mammoth Lakes. And rightfully so, as it offers breathtaking views of the Mammoth Lakes Basin! Go early to avoid the crowds.
The hike is just over three miles out and back and is considered moderate due to the elevation gain of about 800 feet. Crystal Lake is beautifully serene and Crystal Crag provides a majestic backdrop.
The trailhead is located on Lake George Road, with free on-street parking. You can also take a tram from the city centre. From the head of the gauge, you climb steadily through a series of switchbacks. Stop and enjoy the views of Lake George and Lake Mary.
At Crystal Lake you will find a few rocks where you can sit down and enjoy the beautiful view. Bring a snack or picnic, walk around and take pictures before you head back. This trail is a great way to see the Sierra mountain range on a day hike!
Enjoy more walks in Mammoth Lakes
If you enjoy hiking, there are many other hikes you can take while visiting Mammoth Lakes: in the lake basin, at Devil’s Postpile National Monument and Red Meadow, around town, on Mammoth Mountain, and other places in the area.
Here are some day hikes in Mammoth Lakes that you can include in your itinerary:
- The Coldwater-George Trail winds through a beautiful forest in places, including basswood, spruce and hemlock. Another interesting detour will take you to Lake TJ and back, with stunning views of Crystal Crag and Mammoth Ridge.
- The Duck Pass trail is long, but you will see some spectacular mountain lakes on this hike: Arrowhead, Skelton and Barney lakes appear before passing through Duck Pass to reach the beautiful Duck and Purple lakes. You can go as far as you like or stay overnight if you don’t want to do the whole route in one day.
- The Emerald Lake-Skelton Lake Trail begins at Coldwater-George Campground. From the junction, travel through the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area to Skelton Lake before returning to Coldwater via the Duck Pass Trail.
- The City Loop is a great way to explore the city of Mammoth Lakes. It is a combination of roads, paths, walkways and bridges that allows you to explore the city and enjoy its spectacular location from every angle. The loop is particularly picturesque in autumn. You can run as much or as little as you want!
Mammoth loop drive
The 30-minute Mammoth Loop is an excellent introduction to the beauty of the area. The road winds through lush forests of Jeffrey and lodgepole pines and is very relaxing in good weather.
The Mammoth Loop is approximately 16 miles long. It begins on Highway 203 north of the town of Mammoth Lakes. Turn right and drive approximately 10 miles to the intersection with US Route 395 at Dry Creek Road.
Along this route to the Inyo Craters, you will also find hiking trails to the popular Lookout Mountain and Obsidian Dome, located along the route.
Drive to Lake Mary Scenic Byway
Lake St. Mary Road is another scenic route to take in Mammoth Lakes. The ride is about 11 km and only takes about 20 minutes, but you’ll want to stop frequently to take pictures!
Leave downtown at the intersection with Highway 203 and drive to Horseshoe Lake before turning around. Along the way, you’ll have great views of Lake Mary and Lake Mamie.
If you want, you can visit the ecological reserve of Valentine when it is open. The reserve offers guided tours and interpretive lectures.
See double drop
Twin Falls falls 250 feet from Lake Mamie in Twin Lakes. Although the falls flow year-round, the flow is best seen in late spring and early summer.
For a better view of the falls, cross the bridge over Twin Lakes from Lake Mary Road. Not only do you have a front view of the waterfall, but the lakes are beautiful from the bridge.
You can also see (and hear!) the waterfall from above, at Twin Falls Lookout. But here the aerial view of Twin Lakes is stunning. Twin Falls Lookout is located on Lake Mary Road on Lake Mamie.
McGee Creek reconnaissance
Eight miles south of the town of Mammoth Lakes, just west of Highway 395, lies scenic McGee Creek. It is a beautiful area to explore in the summer and fall. Hiking, horseback riding and climbing are popular activities.
The McGee Creek Trail is an extremely popular trail for summer wildflowers like Indian poplar and lupine. The autumn colors are also impressive. Along the way you will enjoy stunning views of Crawley Lake and the surrounding mountain peaks.
The strenuous elevation trail is 10 miles out and back to Steelhead Lake and 14 miles back to McGee Lake, but you can hike as long as you like or do a night hike before heading back.
See Crowley Lake columns
Crowley Lake, located just south of the town of Mammoth Lake, is a reservoir. You can admire its beauty from the shore: It is located right on Hwy 395, where you can fish, boat, water ski and wakeboard. Crowley Lake is also a popular destination for bird watching.
If you have the right car, a fast SUV, and are up for an adventure, you can drive over rough gravel roads to the other side of the lake to see the columns of Crowley Lake, another of the area’s many geological wonders.
To reach the pillars, take US 395 south from Mammoth Lakes. Turn left onto Benton Cross Road and then right onto Owens Gorge Road. Follow the road which curves to the right towards the lake and descends to the car park (see map). You can also park at the top and walk down to the columns.
Once you reach the pillars, you can explore the beautiful towers and caves formed by the volcanic forces and have your picture taken. The water level may prevent you from seeing the speakers, so check that before you leave.
While you may be stuck for day hikes in Mammoth Lakes, this area is also ideal for longer hikes in the Sierra. Permits are required for overnight stays and camping outside the city.
Pomegranate Lake from Agnew Meadows is one of the most beautiful hikes you can do here. Banner Peak, reflected in the calm waters of Garnet Lake, is an iconic photograph of the Eastern Sierra. The trail runs 14 miles in both directions, with an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Some parts of the trail behind Shadow Lake offer great views of the Minaret.
Minaret Lake from Devil’s Postpile is another backpacking trip to Mammoth Lakes with spectacular views and sparkling lakes. The route is 14 miles round trip, but if you have an extra day, you can add hikes to Cecil Lake and Iceberg. The Minaret Lake itself is a beautiful alpine lake that makes a perfect picture with its view of the Minaret Michael.
Horse-riding, mountain-biking or rock-climbing
Mammoth Lakes is an adventurer’s paradise and offers many opportunities to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the area. While hiking is a great way to get up close to the landscape and observe birds and wildlife, you can also go mountain biking or horseback riding.
The Mammoth Loop is a popular road bike route that is suitable for beginners. The Lakes Basin bike path is more challenging, but offers breathtaking views.
Mammoth Lakes is also home to numerous mountain biking trails of varying length and difficulty. The loop around Horseshoe Lake is easy, but you can also head to Mammoth Mountain Bike Park for more exciting options.
Guided horseback rides are available in Mammoth Lakes and Red Meadow. You can choose a short day hike or a two-hour hike in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, or a full-day adventure or multi-day treks in the backcountry of the Sierra.
Summer and fall are the climbing seasons in the Mammoth Lakes area. Climbers will find all types of trails, from Rock Creek in the south to Matrimony Wall in the north. Local outfitters offer guided climbing tours.
Discover local history at the Mammoth Museum
To learn more about local history, visit the Mammoth Museum, located in the historic Hayden Lodge. The museum is only open from Memorial Day through the end of September. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested.
The museum houses photographs, artwork and objects that highlight the history of the area and provide a fascinating look into Mammoth Lakes’ past. The exhibitions are located outside and inside the exhibition hall. Hayden Cabin is very photogenic!
Enjoy watching birds and wildlife
The eastern Sierra region offers excellent bird watching opportunities. Several hundred native and migratory species, from the bald eagle to the ubiquitous Steller’s Jay, have been observed here.
The Audubon Society has designated Crowley Lake as an Important Bird Area. It is home to the southernmost coastal swallow colony in California, as well as many other species such as the snowy plover, prairie falcon, and peregrine falcon.
During your walks, pay attention to the local fauna. During the day you may see mule deer, bighorn sheep or the occasional coyote, but the area is also home to black bears and mountain lions.
Learn more about safety around wildlife before you visit them and always handle them safely. Don’t forget to bring binoculars and a camera with zoom lens if you like to photograph wildlife or birds.
Wildflower or autumn color hunting (seasonal)
Late spring and summer are good times to see wildflowers in the Eastern Sierra. In the Mammoth Lakes area, the Agnew Meadows Wildflower Loop, Mammoth Mountain Trail, Sky Meadows Trail and McGee Creek Trail are places to see a wide variety of wildflowers along the lakeshore and other trails.
Yellow monkey flower, purple (or white) lupine, purple delphinium, red Indian bush, yellow hawksbill and white yarrow are some of the more productive examples you will see, along with a smaller number of many other species.
Autumn is an equally spectacular time of year, when the aspens, willows and poplars turn dazzling colours, ranging from yellow to orange to rust and red. Mammoth Lakes Basin, Outlaw Lake and McGee Creek all offer great views. When it’s in bloom, you’ll see lots of colors, even as you walk through town.
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Mammoth Lakes is located in the heart of the Eastern Sierra, making it an ideal base to explore north or south if you want to spend a few days there.
Just north of Mammoth Lakes, there’s plenty to do in June Lake, a charming seaside town. Experience the scenic June Lake Loop, enjoy some of June Lake’s best hiking and a variety of water activities.
Further north, you can explore the enchanting tuff towers of Mono Lake, visit Bodie State Historic Park, site of the California gold rush, or drive the spectacular Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park.
South of Mammoth Lakes, even more exciting adventures await you in the outdoor sports mecca of Bishop, California. You’ll find world-class rock climbing, as well as numerous lakes for fishing and boating. You must visit the Old Brislin Pine Forest to see the oldest living trees in the world.
Further south lies Lone Pine, with its Wild West atmosphere. Here you can take the scenic Whitney Portal Road or climb to the top of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the Lower 48. The Alabama Hills National Scenic Area is a must-see with its beautiful natural arches and breathtaking rock formations.
Travel to Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Yosemite Airport is located south of the city of Mammoth Lakes. Flights to this airport are generally limited and some of them are seasonal and only take place in winter.
Most visitors to Mammoth Lakes come by car. The town sits on US 395, a scenic route whether you’re coming from the south or the north. The trip from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes about 5 hours.
The drive from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes takes two hours and 40 minutes. From San Francisco, it takes just over six hours to reach Mammoth Lakes when Tioga Road (Highway 120) is open.
Mammoth Lakes is a must-see when traveling on Highway 395, whether you’re traveling north to south or south to north.
Mammoth Lakes Bypass
You will need your own transport to explore the area. If you plan to drive inland on mountain or gravel roads, you’ll need a car with four-wheel drive and great driveability.
Of course, you can drive most of the roads in and around Mammoth Lakes in a regular sedan. Take the vehicle best suited for the adventure you have planned for your trip!
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Overnight stay in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Hotels in Mammoth Lakes, CA
The Village Lodge offers two bedroom apartments ranging from studios to two bedrooms. Some guesthouses have a fully equipped kitchen, while others have a kitchenette. It has a heated outdoor pool and several whirlpools. It is centrally located and offers mountain views. Book your stay here!
The Westin Monache Resort offers suites of different sizes, equipped with a kitchenette. Some rooms have a balcony and mountain views. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs. The restaurant on the premises is very popular. Book your stay here!
Sierra Lodge offers spacious rooms with a kitchenette. There is a hot tub and barbecue facilities. The hotel is centrally located and offers free parking. Book your stay here!
Vacation rentals in Mammoth Lakes, CA
This 1100 square foot luxury condo has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Well appointed condo located next to Sierra Star golf course near Mammoth Village. Outside there is a hot tub and a gas grill. Fast Wifi! Book your stay here.
This charming studio is located on the ground floor, just steps away from shops and restaurants. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and high-speed Internet access. The complex has two spas, two saunas and a seasonal swimming pool. Book your stay here!
This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner apartment in Monash Village offers stunning views and sleeps up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a double bed. The kitchen is fully equipped. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private high-speed internet connection. Book your stay here!
Mammoth Lakes Camping
There are several campgrounds in Mammoth Lakes, but make your reservations early. The Mammoth Lakes Basin has five campgrounds with facilities and easy access to hiking trails and lakes.
You can also find campgrounds in the city or near Red Meadow. Camps are generally open from late May or June through fall. Reservations can be made at the recreation level.
If you are traveling with an RV, visit Mammoth Mountain RV Park, which has full hookups for RVs and many amenities. On regular campgrounds, camping with a camper without electricity is allowed.
If you don’t own a mountain bike but want to rent one, check out Outdoorsy : They offer short-term rentals of different types of ATVs.
Where to eat in Mammoth Lakes
The Whitebark Restaurant, located in the Westin Monash area, is a highly rated fine dining restaurant. They have an eclectic menu, from sushi to steak, and a warm atmosphere.
Criminal Lake Restaurant is another good dining option if you don’t mind driving a bit. They offer a variety of meal options, as well as light soups and salads.
The stove is the place to go for breakfast. You can make your own omelet, or enjoy pancakes or burritos for breakfast. They also serve lighter meals like yogurt and oatmeal. Try the Huevos Rancheros!
Shi Shat Bakery is a must visit for its shepherd’s bread. Sandwiches and soups are served for lunch. Their cookies, brownies, donuts and apple truffles are all delicious!
Best time to visit Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a year-round destination. In winter, you can ski and practice other winter sports, and once the snow is gone, you can mountain bike, climb, hike, fish and boat.
Fall is a fantastic time to visit Mammoth Lakes, with many scenic trails in and around town for leaf picking. At the summit, the colors along the June Lake Loop, in McGee Creek Canyon and Mammoth and Lake Basin lakes, and at the back of the Sierra are breathtaking.
Summer is an equally popular time to visit the area, with plenty of wildflowers in the highlands and long daylight hours for hiking and enjoying the fresh air. In late spring the mountains are still covered with snow, which creates an ideal environment for hiking and horseback riding.
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