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Hidden Gems of the Eastern Sierra

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The Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Lakes is densely-packed with loads of monuments, parks, lakes and rivers. It’s a dream for anyone who enjoys exploring the outdoors and seeing new places. It’s a great place to spend the summers, where you can visit Yosemite National Park, the Devil’s Postpile, or any of the myriad lakes and mountain ranges. Yet the fun doesn’t end with summer. Snow comes to Mammoth Lakes and blankets the mountains and trails, setting up a whole season of extra exploring anyone would love. There’s so much to do it’s hard to know where to begin, even if you live here.

Yosemite Valley

One of the best things about Mammoth Lakes is how much there is to do for anyone who loves the outdoors. So many bucket-list sights and experiences are placed right around the location. It’s almost a shame to call them hidden, because their own reputation far outstrips that of mammoth lakes. You could say the real hidden gem is Mammoth Lakes itself. The town has so much going for it. Pack up the family SUV and get out there a discover these best parts about Mammoth Lakes.

6) Mammoth Brewing Company

There’s more to Mammoth Lakes than just good fishing, good camping, and good boating, even if you don’t need more. The Mammoth Brewing Company is one of the great hidden gems of Mammoth Lakes. Good burgers, and better beer, it’s the perfect to stop by for a good lunch. All that time running around the lakes and national parks drains a lot of energy. Few things help refresh you like a great beer, and food. Locals rave about the relaxed vibe and excellent food. It’s the icing on the delicious cake that is Mammoth Lakes.

5) The Devils Postpile

The Devils Postpile, located just on the other side of Mammoth Mountain, is one of the coolest natural formations in the world. Perfectly-shaped cubic stone twists and turns through the sky in unbelievable complexity alongside the 101-foot Rainbow Waterfall. The whole park is gorgeous. The Devils Postpile is a bucket list item right inside your backyard. The perfect place to take a day trip with the family on a sunny saturday afternoon. For a long weekend, you can even take the kids camping. The Devils Postpile is one of the things that makes Mammoth Lakes the outdoorsman’s dream.

4) Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful locations in the country, and it’s just within driving distance of Mammoth Falls. It’s another bucket-list item for many, and there’s no wonder as to why. Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, is only one of the many features you can find in the park. Luckily, you can camp here as well as at The Devils Postpile. However, it’s understandably a popular camping destination, so be sure to make your reservations early. The popularity of Yosemite is the only thing keeping it from being higher on this list. Everyone know about it, so it’s not exactly “hidden”. However, it is another great reason to live in Mammoth Lakes.

3) Mono Lake

Mono Lake is a unique little habitat growing in an oasis at the edge of the sierra nevada mountains and the great basin. The saline lake has no fish, instead its special ecosystem contains krill and alkali flies. This beautifully serene location is located just east of Yosemite park, and is a great place to stop by if you’re camping there for the weekend. Go kayaking or on one of their gorgeous nature walks, and soak in the hauntingly serene scenery that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.

2) Convict Lake

The opportunity to go to Convict lake for a weekend is one of the best things about living in Mammoth Lakes. Just fifteen minutes from town, many locals go out to convict lake for a weekend three or four times a year. You can do everything here, from the delicious wild game dinners and rustic cabins of the resort, to serene, scenic camping to boat rental on the marina. There’s also fishing in the lake and nearby, making it the perfect place to have nearby for any outdoorsman.

1) Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain isn’t kidding when they call themselves the best skiing and snowboarding in California. This is mountain has everything from hills for beginners to slopes for double black diamond thrill-seekers. You can stay in one of the lodges, but it is so close to Mammoth Lakes you can just go up for the day. Either way, come prepared. These slopes are no joke. In the summer, the mountain opens up to a whole host of summer activities. From a Bike Park, to Fishing, to Golf, there is no shortage of activities for you to get your blood pumping in the summer.

Written by Jeremy Alderman

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