Before, I usually thought of just snow and snow activities when I thought of Mammoth. I didn’t realize that it’s actually a great place to go in the summer months as well!
There’s so much to do there and so many beautiful spots to check out! I wish I had stayed a few more days so that I could’ve done some more activities. But I will definitely be back!
From Vegas, Mammoth is about a 5 hour drive. We set out super early in the morning and arrived in Mammoth around 10:30am. We grabbed some lunch and then headed straight to the hiking trails. Devil’s Post Pile and Rainbow Falls is a must! The hike was pretty easy and the waterfall at the end is SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s a 5 mile hike roundtrip to the falls and back. You can go all the way down to the waterfall and get into the water. It was FREEZING tho! I saw some people swimming… I’m not sure how they did that! I just put my feet in and it was so cold! But it felt really refreshing after the hike.
After the hike, we drove to June Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from Devil’s Post Pile. It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by trees! It was a bit windy when we went but still relaxing nonetheless.
It was about 5pm, so we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at Sierra Lodge. http://www.sierralodge.com The room was pretty nice but the door and walls are really thin that we could hear everything outside. BUT for the price and the location, it was perfect for us. It is close to so many restaurants and bars. You can even walk to The Village (a cute little area with shops, bars, restaurants)
We had dinner at Toomey’s. We read that this place was good so we wanted to check it out. It was good! And the staff were so nice and super friendly! (p.s. if you’re going out to dine right now (during this pandemic)… and if you enjoyed the service provided by your server.. please tip extra if you can! I was a server for a very long time and I know how hard it is.. but it’s gotta be even harder right now for them. Take care of them please.)
After dinner, we walked around The Village. It’s beautiful at night! With all of the lights… it felt like Christmas in July.
The next morning we woke up early to go kayaking but unfortunately, the wind had other plans for us. So, we just checked out Crowley Lake and had lunch there. (for lunch we got some protein bowls and juice shots from Elixir.. super good spot!)
I read that there were these really cool looking columns at Crowley Lake… so we set off to find them. Got lost a few times, went off roading but no luck. If you find them, let me know! Sad I didn’t find it.
But in trying to find the columns, we stumbled on some beautiful views and stopped to say hello to some cow friends.
If you have more time, I definitely say go KAYAKING! and also mountain bike up those beautiful mountains. You can take the gondola to the top and ride! How awesome is that?!? Next time for me…