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Getting Ready for Winter in Mammoth Lakes

I’m going to get ready for winter… no really! It happens around the same time every year in the Eastern Sierra summer nights start getting longer and little cooler the morning walk is nice and  crisp. Fall is in the air and before you know it winter is upon us. Every year we say to ourselves “next year I’m going to be ready” and here we are it’s time to get it done. So where… Read more.

If you lived here, you’d be home by now!

If you lived here, you’d be home by now (even if it’s part time)! There are many ways to experience Mammoth Lakes. Some people camp or stay in trailers. Some prefer to stay in a condo or hotel for the duration of their visit. Many people who have been enjoying Mammoth for a long time and have come to know it well, begin to wonder what it might be like to have their very own home or… Read more.

Duck Lake Trail

One of my favorites and regular hikes this time of year is the Duck Lake Trail. Not only does this hike offer some of the most spectacular views, it has ever changing scenery that keeps you engaged and amazed throughout your hike. Starting out at the Coldwater Campground at the south end of the parking area, the trailhead begins at a 9,120 feet in elevation.  It’s a quick climb that may have you stopping to… Read more.

Summertime in Mammoth

Summertime in Mammoth Lakes is a truly special experience. Ask any local and they’ll gladly tell you what a welcome contrast summer brings here even after a great ski season.  In the past, Mammoth was always known for being a spectacular destination for skiing and winter sports. Over the years Mammoth’s reputation for it’s magical and intoxicating summer has grown and more people have discovered how incredible it is to be here this time of… Read more.

Movies Filmed in Mammoth Lakes

  In honor of the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival occurring May 25th-29th, I decided to take a look back at Mammoth Lake’s long and storied history with film. With unparalleled natural beauty and a relatively close proximity to Hollywood, Mammoth Lakes has been a destination for directors since the 1940s. Here’s a rundown of some of the most famous movies to be shot in our beautiful town. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Produced… Read more.

Mammoth Lakes Basin & Reds Meadow Road Openings 2016

El Niño may not have brought us as much snow as in the past but it brought enough to keep the roads closed for a little longer than normal. The US Forest Service and Town of Mammoth Lakes will be working cooperatively to provide vehicle access to the Lakes Basin and open recreation facilities as quickly as possible. They are looking for a projected opening of the 25th of May just in time for the… Read more.

Indigenous Indians of the Eastern Sierra Mountain Range

The Paiute Indians of California have been part of the fabric of the Eastern Sierra Mountain area for eons. They once made their living by hunting and gathering and by irrigating lands in order to support edible plants. Today, more than 2,000 Paiute Indians still live in the Mammoth Lakes region. The western United States was once home to a vast variety of Native American tribes and many descendants of those tribes still live in… Read more.

Snowmobiling in the Eastern Sierras

I purchased my first snowmobile (Sled) in 2005 and am still riding it. Some years I am almost never off of it and some years I never even take it out of storage. In order to ride you need snow, a lot of snow, the more the merrier. There is no such thing as too much snow. Major storms might cause you to wait for the snow to pack down but once it does, wow!… Read more.

Snow Removal Service in Mammoth Lakes

The pros and cons of hiring a Snow Removal Service in Mammoth: I’m staring at a foot of snow on the driveway that isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. It is heavy, wet and sticky and it’s a challenge that I have (foolishly) given myself. We did not hire a snow removal service this year.  For the past three winters we have paid, what seemed at the time, a reasonable amount to have a bobcat come… Read more.

2015 Kamikaze Bike Games

I am a compulsive volunteer. I work half marathons, Triathlons, Century Bike Rides, and disabled sports in both winter and summer. This year I had a little extra time so I volunteered to work the Kamikaze Bike Games staged here by Mammoth Mountain Ski Are. I worked in both reception and as a course marshal. The experience was a real eye opener to me. There were over 740  riders who entered some participating in multiple… Read more.